Um. In fact the statistics compiled by the California Department of Education indicate a cumulative passing rate (passing over time) through 2007 of about 75% - which strikes me as being about right. In your case, Bart, I'd recommend boning up on terminology - grammar, literary figures, all that, then finding works by authors you love to hate and using them as stalking horses, or looking up creative writing lesson plans and playing with any samples of student writing that turn up. Think of the creative writing exercise as asking you to sketch out a plan for another professional in the field. Have you been writing essays for Subtest IV or short answers? There's a difference.