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
- 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.