When I first learned that the SAT had essentially decided to turn its Writing section into a cheap ripoff of the ACT English section, I felt two things: immense relief and intense irritation. Immense relief because I had just written an ACT English book that could be adapted for the new SAT easily enough to avoid giving me a nervous breakdown, and intense irritation because I did not want to see the pre-2016 version of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar fade into oblivion.
Apart from my somewhat sentimental attachment to the book (my first!), I was not going to allow 2.5 years of carefully amassed, highly effective material go to waste. Some of it could of course be retained for the new SAT, but much of it could not.
The only question was what to do with it?
Luckily, it didn’t take me too long to figure that out. Before inadvertently becoming an SAT guru, I tutored a variety of tests, including several graduate-level ones. I also wrote a lot of practice questions for the GMAT. A whole lot. As in hundreds. And as I recalled, there was quite a bit of overlap between the grammar tested on the SAT and the grammar tested on the GMAT — certainly more overlap than I would find anywhere else (although, as it turned out, there was a fair amount of new ground to cover as well).
The choice seemed obvious: take the old version of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar and rework it for the Sentence Correction portion of the GMAT.
After the sheer stultifyingness (is that a word?) of writing questions for the new SAT, it was refreshing to work with more challenging material. I admit that I even learned a couple of new things.
When I looked around at the existing GMAT grammar books, a common shortcoming seemed to be their lack of practice material. I therefore took it upon myself to outdo even the Official Guide and compose no fewer than 150 GMAT-style multiple choice questions. (Let me tell you, those sentences really start to mess with you after a while; they make SAT sentences look like absolute child’s play.)
So if you know anyone who happens to be applying to Business school and needs to do some reviewing for the Sentence Corrections, I’ll be making a beta version available very soon.
For my next project, by the way, I’m planning to rework my SAT Sentence Completion Workbook for the GRE. At least that test hasn’t given up on the vocabulary just yet. That said, it will certainly be interesting to see what happens to GRE verbal scores when the first crop of new SAT students starts to apply to graduate school…