Writing Multiple-Choice Questions
Without practice, you won’t master the Multiple-Choice Writing section. You’ve learned quite a bit since you picked up this little book, but now comes the hard part—you have to apply it to testlike items. You’ll find several practice sets at the end of this book. Here are some tips for getting the most out of these items:
  • Do not time yourself on the first Sentence Error ID, Sentence Improvement, or Paragraph Improvement set. When you begin, don’t worry about time at all. Take as long as you need to work through each set.
  • Read the explanations for all items, regardless of whether you got them right or wrong. This last part is critical—always read all the explanations for each set’s items. The idea is to develop skills that help you score points as quickly as possible. Most important, scoring a point doesn’t mean you got it in the most efficient manner. The overarching goal is to apply the methods you’ve learned. Whether you get all, some, or none of the practice items right doesn’t matter.
After the first set, start paying attention to time. Certainly by the actual test, give yourself only a minute or so per item.
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