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Geraldine Woods

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17 May 2013
Score your highest on exam day Relax. The fact that you′re even considering taking the AP English Language & Composition exam means you′re smart, hard–working, and ambitious. All you need is to get up to speed on the exam′s topics and themes and take a couple of practice tests to get comfortable with its question formats and time limits. That′s where Wiley AP English Language & Composition comes in. This user–friendly and completely reliable guide helps you get the most out of any AP English class and reviews all of the topics emphasized on the test. It also provides two full–length practice exams, complete with detailed answer explanations and scoring guides. This powerful prep guide helps you practice and perfect all of the skills you need to get your best possible score. And, as a special bonus, you′ll also get a handy primer to help you prepare for the test–taking experience. A detailed overview of the test Subject reviews covering all test topics Practice questions Sample free–response questions with advice for crafting critical essays Strategies and solid test–taking advice Two full–length practice tests with detailed explanations and walk–throughs Supplemented with handy lists of test–taking tips and more, Wiley AP English Language & Composition helps you make exam day a very good day, indeed.

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Two full-length practice tests to help you score your highest Review questions with complete answers and explanations for the most popular themes on the test Study strategies and expert test-taking tips to keep you calm and focused on test day Review key exam topics and themes to maximize your score Preparing for the AP English Language and Composition test? This test-prep guide helps you perfect the skills you need to achieve your best possible score. You'll find winning test-taking tips, multiple-choice strategies, and essay guidelines, as well as great advice on getting the most out of your study time and working effectively on test day. A detailed overview of the test Subject reviews covering all test topics Free-response questions with advice for crafting essays Strategies and solid test-taking advice Two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations

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Geraldine Woods teaches English and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience and has written more than 50 books, including English Grammar For Dummies and SAT For Dummies , both published by Wiley.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B or B+ (that's what he said) 8 May 2013
By A. Dent - Published on Amazon.com
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The AP English Language and Composition test is meant to certify that the student has some mastery of the English language and is worth a few college credits if you do well. The test itself is composed of a series of (some say) difficult multiple choice questions that must be completed in one hour and a series of essay questions which must be done in two hours. This is not a lot of time so good preparation is very necessary.

My High School junior kid has read a few prep books and told me that this one is not the best but not the worst either, so it's somewhere in the middle.

The information is standard compared to other AP test books, which is not to say it is useless but other books appear to be better at covering and explaining the subject matter. The book comes with practice questions and two full practice tests, but do not get too hung up on the practice tests because it is likely the real thing will be very different :).

The AP test changes year to year so having updated information helps a lot. Wiley's is a pretty good value considering the information contained and the test practice opportunities it offers but my kid is telling me that it wouldn't be his first choice for the AP English test practice.

>> Brush your teeth, it's the law! <<
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wiley AP English Language & Composition is an excellent test-prep guide ... 29 April 2013
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If you are a high school junior or senior in the Advanced Placement (AP) and will be sitting for the AP English Language & Composition exam, you'll want to maximize your chance for success. You may know your stuff, or think you do, but the real test of your knowledge is the exam itself. Let's face it, not everyone is a good test taker and the AP exams can cut the wheat from the chaff. The two-part exam is comprised of two sections, multiple choice and free response. The first part is a one hour exam that counts as 45% and the second is two hours (Free-Response, three essays, plus a mandatory 15-minute reading period) and counts as 55% of your score. Perhaps you are confident of your ability to ace the essays, but what about that multiple choice? On the other hand, perhaps you're more confident of acing that multiple choice section.

In this book you'll find be able to review the types of questions, both essay and multiple choice, check out some examples, and check out some tips that might help you out as you prepare for the exam. The pages of this text are peppered with tips and examples to work with. In the back of the book is a very thorough index you can work with, something I always appreciate when I want to either browse or look up something specific. Each chapter is prefaced by a list of Key Concepts that will be covered. There is a brief overview of the main theme and then an introduction of what to expect on the exam. One thing that is very important is how your essays are scored. For example they will be looking at things such as how clear your point of view was, the evidence, analysis and writing. You'll get to take a look at how they come up with your score.

Obviously you'll be interested in those two practice tests, but the bulk of this work is review, something that you really should pay attention to. In the appendixes there are the answer sheets and quite a bit of analysis for you to take a look at and think about. I wouldn't recommend picking this book up at the last minute, but working with a one year time frame in mind before the exam would be ideal. The book is thorough, very comprehensive, and will definitely help anyone preparing for the AP English Language & Composition exam. There are several resources out there and if you have the time, nothing says you can't use more than one.

Part I: Introduction to the AP Exam and the AP Course 1

Chapter 1: An Overview of the Exam

What to Expect from the Ap English Language and Composition Exam
Exam Questions, Up Close and Personal
The Score: Grades and Reports
Practical Considerations
Test Day Countdown
Exam Day Survival
After The Exam

Chapter 2: Tips for Success in AP English Class

Annotation and Note-Taking
Close Reading
Pump Up Your Vocabulary
Writing: Process Makes Perfect
English Class Research
Visual Sources

Part II: The Writer's Toolkit

Chapter 3: Writing's Building Blocks: Words
Beyond the Dictionary: Connotation
Analysis of Diction, Tone, and Attitude
A Focus on Figurative Language
Sensory Appeal: Imagery

Chapter 4: Sentences and Paragraphs

The Secret of Syntax
Paragraph Construction
The Author's Point of View

Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies

Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Anecdote and Example
Classification and Definition
Process and Chronology

Chapter 6: Essential Grammar Skills

Elements of A Sentence
Verb Usage
Parallel Sentences

Chapter 7: Visual Literacy

Step-By-Step Interpretation
Cartoon Analysis
What Photographs Reveal
Powerful Advertisements
How to Read Charts, Tables, and Graphs

Part III: Types of Writing Found on the Exam

Chapter 8: Four Modes of Discourse

Narrative (Story) Passages
Descriptive Passages
Argument Passages
Expository Passages

Chapter 9: Essay Analysis

Characteristics of an Essay
Essay Structure
Sample Essays

Chapter 10: How to Pick Apart Memoirs and Biographies

Rhetorical Devices in Biographies and Autobiographies
A Focus on Autobiography
Others' Lives Presented as Literature: Biography

Chapter 11: Tips for Reading Letters and Speeches

The Essential Elements of Letters and Speeches
Practice with Letters
Practice with Speeches

Chapter 12: Citation Essentials

Types of Citation Questions on the Exam
Essential Elements of All Citations
Parenthetical Citations
Footnotes and Endnotes
Some Unusual Citation Cases

Part IV: Exam Strategy and Practice Questions

Chapter 13: Strategies for Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-Choice Section Timing
How to Make a Guess
Types of Multiple-Choice Questions

Chapter 14: Practice Multiple-Choice Questions

Practice Passage 1: Francis Bacon
Practice Passage 2: A Letter to Punch
Practice Passage 3: Richard Henry Dana
Practice Passage 4: Columbian Exposition
Practice Passage 5: Japan in 1800

Chapter 15: Strategies for the Essay Section

The Logistics of the Essay Section
Time Management
Your Writing Process on the AP Exam
How to Handle Evidence
Essay Structures
Types of Essays

Chapter 16: Practice Essays

Practice Essay General Guidelines
Analysis of a Single Passage
Paired Passages
Essay Based on a Quotation
An Opinion Piece
The Synthesis Essay

Part V: Practice Exams and Answer Sheets

Chapter 17: Practice Exam 1

Before You Take the Practice Exam
The AP English Language and Composition Test
Section One: Multiple Choice
Section Two: Essay Questions

Chapter 18: Answers and Explanations for Practice Exam 1

Guidelines for Scoring and Reviewing Your Practice Exam
The Multiple-Choice Section
How to Grade Your Essay Responses
Scoring Essay 1: Synthesis Essay on the Internet And Society
Scoring Essay 2: Analytical Essay on Paul Robeson
Scoring Essay 3: Leadership

Exam Conversion Chart

Chapter 19: Practice Exam 2

The AP English Language and Composition Test
Section One: Multiple Choice
Section Two: Essay Questions

Chapter 20: Answers and Explanations for Practice Exam 2

The Multiple-Choice Section
How to Grade Your Essay Responses
Scoring Essay 1: Synthesis Essay on Regulating The Media
Scoring Essay 2: Paired Passages
Scoring Essay 3: Friendship

Exam Conversion Chart

Answer Sheet For Practice Test 1

Answer Sheet For Practice Test 2

Appendix: Answer Sheets

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars some chatter plus 2 practice tests 24 April 2013
By Dwight - Published on Amazon.com
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This was not what I expected at all. The book won't go over key things you should know. It is not a precis or a speed study thing like those CPA courses with bullet points and test taking training. It's a very woolly presentation of the ideas behind english composition. I was very dismayed.
It's not going to help you make up for having crap teachers. You should have already been ready for this exam, paid for this book and then gotten two practice tests out of it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good review 14 May 2013
By Ammy_Evaluator - Published on Amazon.com
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My son used this book as the only source for his AP test this year. He found that the answer explanations were good, the test taking strategies were useful, and that there was tons of information on just about every portion of the test.
5.0 out of 5 stars If nothing else, this book will give you confidence 4 May 2013
By Neal Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
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Of course, you will need to heed the guidance here, especially the admonition to begin studying for the test a year before you take it. The advice is down to earth and will help the student take preparation for the test seriously. Practical hints include such ideas as reading editorial pages in your newspaper to catch on to winning writing styles, doing crossword puzzles and playing scrabble to increase your vocabulary, and the like.

Things to do immediately before the test are also helpful such as relaxing and getting proper food and sleep during the couple of days beforehand.

If you're a student, read this book and I wish you all the good luck in the world.
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