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Everything you need to prepare for the AP* English Language & Composition exam, in a study system built around you.

REA’s All Access for AP* English Language & Composition gives you a targeted review of the material you’ll be expected to know on test day, presented with proven tips and strategies for answering every question type.

The online REA Study Center gives you the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available today. Using chapter quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice exam, the Study Center pinpoints your strengths and weaknesses and helps you raise your score by showing you exactly where to focus your study.

REA’s Flashcard app helps you customize your study and practice where you need it the most. Create your own unique flashcards or study the 100 cards included when you buy this book. And, since you can access the flashcards online or on your smartphone, you can practice anytime you have a free moment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738610832
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/20/2013
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) All Access
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 597,405
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Bureau is the English Department Head at Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire, where she has taught AP® English Language and Composition for the past nine years. She has a B.A. in English from The University of New Hampshire.

Stacey A. Kiggins received her B.A. degree in Secondary English Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her M.A. degree in Initiatives in Educational Transformation, from George Mason University, Virginia. She is the English department chair at Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She has taught a variety of English disciplines, including: Advanced Placement® Language and Composition, International Baccalaureate English, and Speech and Debate.

Kristi McGauley is currently in her thirteenth year of teaching English. Ms. McGauley graduated with a B.A. in English from Clearwater Christian College and earned her M.Ed. in Secondary English Education at the University of North Florida.

Katherine A. Nesselrode graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She was Nationally Board Certified in 2008. She has been teaching English for 22 years, currently at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

John Allen has more than 25 years of experience in test preparation. Allen received his B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1979. He has collaborated on several textbooks in the field of English-language arts.

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Welcome to REA’s All Access for AP English Language and Composition

A new, more effective way to prepare for your AP exam.

There are many different ways to prepare for an AP exam. What’s best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

This book, and the free online tools that come with it, will help you personalize your AP prep by testing your understanding, pinpointing your weaknesses, and delivering flashcard study materials unique to you.

Let’s get started and see how this system works.

How to Use AP All Access
The AP All Access system allows you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: targeted review of exam content, assessment of your knowledge, and focused study in the topics where you need the most help.

Here’s how it works:

Review the Book
Study the topics tested on the AP exam and learn proven strategies that will help you tackle any question you may see on test day.

Test Yourself & Get Feedback
As you review the book, test yourself. Score reports from your free online tests and quizzes give you a fast way to pinpoint what you really know and what you should spend more time studying.

Improve Your Score
Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you are weakest, and use the REA Study Center to create your own unique e-flashcards, adding to the 100 free cards included with this book.

Finding Your Weaknesses: The REA Study Center
The best way to personalize your study plan and truly focus on your weaknesses is to get frequent feedback on what you know and what you don’t. At the online REA Study Center, you can access three types of assessment: topic-level quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice test. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board.

Topic-Level Quizzes
Short, 15-minute online quizzes are available throughout the review and are designed to test your immediate grasp of the topics just covered.

Two online mini-tests cover what you’ve studied in each half of the book. These tests are like the actual AP exam, only shorter, and will help you evaluate your overall understanding of the subject.

Full-Length Practice Test
After you’ve finished reviewing the book, take our full-length exam to practice under test-day conditions. Available both in this book and online, this test gives you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. We strongly recommend that you take the online version of the exam for the added benefits of timed testing, automatic scoring and a detailed score report.

Improving Your Score: e-Flashcards
Once you get your score report, you’ll be able to see exactly which topics you need to review. Use this information to create your own flashcards for the areas where you are weak. And, because you will create these flashcards through the REA Study Center, you’ll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone.

Not quite sure what to put on your flashcards? Start with the 100 free cards included when you buy this book.

After the Full-Length Practice Test: Crash Course
After finishing this book and taking our full-length practice exam, pick up REA’s Crash Course for AP English Language and Composition. Use your most recent score reports to identify any areas where you are still weak, and turn to the Crash Course for a rapid review presented in a concise outline style.

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Table of Contents

About Our Authors
About Research & Education Association

Chapter 1: Welcome to REA’s All Access for AP English Language and Composition

Chapter 2: Strategies for the Exam
What Will I See on the AP English Language and Composition Exam?
Section I: Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Section of the Exam
Section II: Strategies for the Free-Response Section of the Exam

Chapter 3: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: The Passages
What Is Nonfiction
What to Expect from the Passages
Genres of Nonfiction
Representative Authors and Texts for AP English
Language and Composition

Chapter 4: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Rhetorical Strategies
Author’s Purpose
Organizational Patterns
Persuasive Writing Techniques
Three Persuasive Writing Strategies to Frame an Argument
Logical Fallacies
Analyzing Organization and Development
Transition Words and Phrases
Methods of Development
Quiz 1

Chapter 5: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Grammar, Usage, and Style
Grammar and Usage
Sentence Types and Parallel Structure
Punctuation and Capitalization
Point of View, Style, and Tone

Chapter 6: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Documenting Sources
Documentation Styles
Questions About Documentation
Quiz 2

Chapter 7: Approaching the Multiple-Choice Questions: Analyzing a Passage
Sample Passage with Multiple-Choice Questions
Analyzing the Passage and Answering the Questions
Quiz 3
Mini-Test 1

Chapter 8: Approaching the Essay Questions: Writing an Essay
The Writing Process
Quiz 4

Chapter 9: Approaching the Essay Questions: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
Parts of Speech
Sentence Parts
Sentence Structures

Chapter 10: Approaching the Essay Questions: Rhetorical Modes
Deciding on Your Writing Purpose
Choosing an Organizational Pattern
Using Rhetoric to Persuade
Literary and Rhetorical Tools and Strategies
A Few Final Rhetorical Dos and Don’ts

Chapter 11: Approaching the Essay Questions: The Style-Analysis Essay
A List of Typical Style-Analysis Instructions
Things to Keep in Mind
Approaching a Sample Style-Analysis Essay Question
Quiz 5

Chapter 12: Approaching the Essay Questions: The Persuasive Essay
The Value — and Limits — of Personal Experience
The Persuasive Essay Question
Things to Keep in Mind
Approaching a Sample Persuasive Essay Question

Chapter 13: Approaching the Essay Questions: The Synthesis Essay
The Prompt for the Synthesis Essay
Writing the Synthesis Essay
Things to Keep in Mind

Chapter 14: Approaching the Essay Questions: Strategy and Preparation
Strategies for Responding to the Essay Questions
Preparing for the Essay Questions
Quiz 6
Mini-Test 2

Practice Exam (also available online at www.rea.com/studycenter )
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

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