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 9.1 Pacing 9.2 Training 9.3 Directions 9.4 The Paragraphs 9.5 The Questions 9.6 Improving Paragraphs in Five Steps

 9.7 Sentence Revision—Up Close 9.8 Sentence Addition—Up Close 9.9 Sentence Combination—Up Close 9.10 Essay Analysis—Up Close 9.11 A Sample Improving Paragraphs Essay
Pacing
Students tend to think they have to spend the most time on the toughest questions. That’s definitely not the best strategy, since you get the same credit for easy and difficult questions. On the PSAT and the SAT II Writing test, for example, you can skip ALL of the Improving Paragraphs questions and still score a 670. We’re definitely not suggesting you skip the entire Improving Paragraphs section. We’re suggesting that you not dedicate a disproportionate amount of time and energy to these especially tough questions, since they’ll likely not amount to more than 15 or 20 percent of your score on the SAT Writing section, which is less than 10 percent of your entire score. Just as you should not spend much more time on difficult SAT questions than you do on easier ones, you should avoid spending more time than necessary preparing for Improving Paragraphs.
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