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SAT, ACT, TOEFL College Prep English Practice


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SAT
ACT
TOEFL
College Prep English Practice
By K. Titchenell
Pages: 314
ISBN-10:
146108380X
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SAT, ACT, TOEFL College Prep English Practice is not about test-taking as much as improving those English verbal skills being tested - as quickly, efficiently, and enjoyably as possible. Each chapter begins with a whimsical story whose highly concentrated vocabulary is presented in a memorable context with side-by-side glossary. There follow comprehension quizzes, language analysis, practice worksheets and suggested writing projects.

College Prep English Usage goes beyond simply teaching grammar, style and vocabulary. It trains the reader to determine current English language usage with a mouse-click and a few keystrokes far more readily than would be possible with any style or grammar manual, and to learn to emulate the English that dominates on the Net or in any specific interest area or region, particularly the academic realms, through quantitative analysis of targeted searches.

An atmosphere of playfulness and frivolity is maintained throughout in the stories, exercises, grammar examples and suggested projects.

CPEP is an update and expansion of SAT Practice: The New Verbal Section (Abacus Educational Services 2004. ISBN: 0-9758796-0-X), which treated specifically the SAT exam of 2005 and has been used extensively in homeschooling environments.




Author bio



After ten years as a writer, editor and translator, K. Titchenell taught community college for many years, published several textbooks and edited numerous papers for publication in scholarly journals. Prof. Titchenell homeschooled two daughters through to college and has been teaching homeschool classes at Excellence In Education, the definitive homeschooling resource center in Monrovia CA, since 2002.


Excerpts:



Subjunctive Playsheet
Choose the correct verb form.
1. Juliette reluctantly decreed, through billows of acrid polyester fumes, that stuffed toys [are/be/were] prevented from playing with the waffle iron.
2. A rather threadbare terrycloth squid avoided Juliette's gaze lest it [is/be/were] prevented from reaching the toaster oven.
3. If only Boadicea [is/was/were/would be] able to extract the squid from the vacuum cleaner, we should have a breakfast to remember.

There is one specific usage that the SAT exam clearly considers to be a mistake but which abounds on the web as well as in scholarly writings. This is the "synesis" error which is given special treatment here because it is a case in which adhering to overwhelmingly accepted usage will nonetheless cost points on a test.

Verb Phrase Playsheet
Convert the following sentences into perfect, progressive, and passive forms
1. Aloysius beats the crotchety rhinoceros about the ears with his shoe.
2. Rupert hides the more dangerous office equipment under his bagpipes.

Choose the Correct Who/Whom Pronoun
2. She gave the musical score to the prenuptial agreement to Rupert and ______ else? _____ should perform it for the board and _____ do you think should be blamed for the idea if they walk out in the middle?
5. Would _____ever the statuary director designated, please replace Prometheus' sword and remove the kangaroo?

Circle the ambiguities or unresolved references in the following or note that there is no error.
9. Having disproven the existence of dark matter, the Universe suddenly became unexpectedly comprehensible.
11. Having disproven the existence of dark matter, the Universe became smug and complacent.


There are many books and classes claiming to prepare students to take college placement exams by exploiting flaws inherent in exam standardization but these have been shown to have relatively minor effect upon scores. This work is not about test-taking as much as improving those English verbal skills being tested - as quickly, efficiently, and enjoyably as possible. Mastery of English is after all a far more valuable skill for college success. For English speakers or advanced ESL speakers who want to augment their vocabulary and improve their language and writing skills in preparation for college, college entrance exams or for writing and publishing in English, this work goes beyond simply teaching grammar, style and vocabulary.

Included: comprehension quizzes, grammar quizzes, extensive glossaries with synonyms and word variants, English usage notes, and suggested projects. Appendices, comprehensive glossary, and index. For a deeper picture, use the Look Inside This Book feature on the Amazon page.








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