The Best Test Prep for the Ap English Language & Composition Exam

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Get the AP college credits you've worked so hard for... Our savvy test experts show you the way to master the test and score higher. This new and fully expanded edition examines all AP English Language & Composition areas including in-depth coverage of critical writing and critical reading. The comprehensive review covers every possible exam topic: literature commentaries, writing as dialogue, analysis and argument, prose and more.

Features 3 full-length practice exams with all answers thoroughly explained. Includes the complete AP English Language and Composition Test Prep book plus CD-ROM software with 3 timed, computerized exams that provide actual exam conditions with controlled timing and question order. Your score and test performance is automatically calculated plus the program provides analysis of your performance with suggestions for further study.

Follow up your study with REA's test-taking strategies, powerhouse drills and study schedule that get you ready for test day.

- Comprehensive, up-to-date subject review of every English language and composition area used in the AP exam.
- CD-ROM TESTware program containing the book's 3 practice exams to give you the closest thing to experiencing an exam live at a computer testing center.
- Study schedule tailored to your needs
- Packed with proven exam tips, insights and advice
- 3 Full-Length Practice Exams. All exam answers are fully detailed with easy-to-follow, easy-to-grasp explanations.

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Scoring High on the AP English Language & Composition Exam
- About the Book
- About the Test
- Scoring the Exam
- Distribution of Grades
- How to Use this Book and TESTware
- How to Contact the AP Program
- Learning About the "Other" Literature
- What is Literature?
- A Brief Look at the Significance of the Essay
- Strategies for Critical Reading of Prose Passages
- What Critical Readers Do
- Commentary on Mark Twain's "Female Suffrage"
- Commentary on Ben Franklin's "The Handsome and Deformed Leg"-
- Commentary on the Excerpt from Charles Lamb's "A Bachelor's - Complaint of the Behaviour of Married People"
- Conclusion
- Writing About the "Other" Literature: A Critical Dialogue
- Critical Writing
- Writing as Dialogue
- Writing for the AP Examination
- Strategies for Analysis and Argument
- Analytic Writing: A Critical Dialogue with Washington Irving's "The Voyage"
- A Critical Dialogue on "Idleness an Anxious and Miserable State" by Samuel Johnson and "An Apology for Idlers"
- by Robert Louis Stevenson
- A Brief Review of Argumentative Structure
- Argument Outline
- Preparing for and Taking the AP Exam
- Format of the AP English Language & Composition Examination
- Critical Reading of Prose Passages-
- Answering Multiple-Choice Questions
- Answering Essay Questions
- Strategies for Answering Essay Questions
- Scoring Guidelines
- Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms
- Test I
- Answer Key
- Detailed Explanations of Answers
- Test II
- Answer Key
- Detailed Explanations of Answers
- Test III
- Answer Key
- Detailed Explanations of Answers
- Appendix A - Punctuation
- Appendix B - Spelling

Chapter 1 : Scoring High on the AP English Language & Composition Exam

About the Book
This test-preparation guide provides all the tools you'll need to do well on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Language & Composition. In addition to test-taking techniques and the information required by the test - such as literary definitions and essay structure - you will find complete lessons that teach you the skills demanded by this test. The instructional passages of this book teach you critical reading skills by using material beyond the range of the AP exam. You will be taught by lesson and example how to write high--scoring essays that demonstrate all you have learned.

To complement the chapters on critical reading, Chapter 4 focuses on the test itself and prepares you for it specifically. Everything you need to know for the test is encapsulated in this chapter. You will find helpful facts about the AP exam, along with a breakdown of the questions into easily recognizable types. As the time of the test approaches, you will be able to concentrate on this chapter for the most time-efficient preparation.

Our book also provides three full-length practice tests. Our exams include thorough explanations of the answers for added instruction and self-diagnosis of problem areas. We also include a glossary of literary terms with 65 entries, all fully defined.

About the Test
The Advanced Placement Examination in English Language & Composition is geared toward the student who has studied the mechanics of writing and rhetoric at an advanced level, and wishes to pursue college credit.

Take care not to confuse the AP Examination in English Language & Composition with the AP Examination in Literature & Composition. The Literature exam focuses on literature and literary criticism, while the Language exam deals with writing as a craft. This book is designed to help you prepare for the AP Examination in English Language & Composition only.

The AP English Language & Composition Exam is divided into two sections:

Section 1 - Multiple-Choice (60 minutes - accounts for 45% of total score)
Five or six reading passages, with an average of 10 questions each.

Section 2 - Free-Response (up to 120 minutes - accounts for 55% of total score)
Three essay questions.

The first section consists of five or six reading passages and sixty multiple-choice questions, which you will have one hour to complete. Each passage will be followed by an average of ten questions and thereafter the passage will not be referred to again. Do not feel pressured to remember each reading - just digest them one at a time and move on. After reading the passage, you will have approximately one minute to answer each question.

The second section of the AP English Language & Composition Exam consists of three essay questions, and is divided such that you will have forty minutes to write each essay. Do not expect to be able to go back to an essay after the allotted time has elapsed. Note that each essay has very specific instructions, and most have a passage which you will read critically to answer the essay question. Your essays will be scored according to the essay structure, the clarity of your writing, and the extent to which you have answered the question.

Scoring the Exam
The multiple-choice section of the exam is scored by crediting each correct answer with one point and deducting one-fourth of a point for each incorrect answer. Unanswered questions receive neither a credit nor a deduction. The free- response essays are graded by more than 5,000 instructors and professors who gather together each June for a week of non-stop AP essay grading. Each essay booklet is read and scored by four graders. Each grader provides a score for the individual essays. This score is a number on a scale from 0 to 9, 0 being the lowest and 9 the highest. The graders are not aware of each other's scores. When the essays have been graded four times, the scores are averaged - one score for each of the three essays - so that the free-response section is composed of three scores.

The three essays are weighted equally, and the total weight of the free-response section is fifty-five percent of the total score. The multiple-choice section accounts for forty-five percent of the total score. Each year the overall grades may fluctuate because the grading scale depends upon the performance of students in past AP administrations. The following method of scoring, along with the corresponding chart, will give you an approximation of your score. It will not indicate the exact score you would get on the actual AP English Language & Composition Exam

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