AP English Language & Composition For Dummies

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Gearing up for the AP English Language and Composition test? AP English Language & Composition For Dummies is packed with all the resources and help you need to do your very best. In this AP study guide, you’ll find winning test-taking tips, multiple-choice strategies, and essay guidelines, as well as great advice on optimizing your study time and hitting the top of your game on test day.

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Overview

Gearing up for the AP English Language and Composition test? AP English Language & Composition For Dummies is packed with all the resources and help you need to do your very best. In this AP study guide, you’ll find winning test-taking tips, multiple-choice strategies, and essay guidelines, as well as great advice on optimizing your study time and hitting the top of your game on test day.

This user-friendly guide helps you prepare without perspiration by developing a pre-test plan, organizing your study time, and getting the most out or your AP course. You’ll learn how to assemble your writer’s toolkit, expand your vocabulary, analyze sentences and paragraphs, understand rhetorical approaches, perfect your grammar, and paint pictures with words. Two full-length practice exams help you build your confidence, get comfortable with test formats, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and focus your studies. Discover how to:

  • Create and follow a pretest plan
  • Understand everything you must know about the exam
  • Develop a multiple-choice strategy
  • Speed up your essay writing
  • Find painless ways to become a better writer
  • Avoid mistakes that will lower your score
  • Interpret non-fiction writing
  • Write about graphs and charts
  • Make the most of practice exams to maximize your final score

You work hard to perform at the college level. AP English Language and Composition For Dummies gives you the support, confidence, and test-taking know-how you need to demonstrate your ability when it matters most.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470386408
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Geraldine Woods teaches English Language and Composition and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience and has written more than 40 books, including English Grammar For Dummies, College Admission Essays For Dummies, and SAT I For Dummies, 6th Edition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Preparation without Perspiration.

Chapter 1: Scoping Out the Exam: An Overview.

Chapter 2: Counting Down to Test Day.

Chapter 3: Making the Grade in AP English Class.

Part II: The Writer’s Toolkit.

Chapter 4: Words, Words, Words.

Chapter 5: The Bigger Picture: Analyzing Sentences and Paragraphs.

Chapter 6: Getting the Message Across: Rhetorical Strategies.

Chapter 7: Not Just for Nerds: Grammar Skills.

Chapter 8: Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Literacy.

Part III: Meeting the Major Players: Types of Writing Found on the Exam.

Chapter 9: The Big Four: Modes of Discourse.

Chapter 10: Thinking Things Through: Essays.

Chapter 11: Life Flashing before Your Eyes: Memoirs and Biographies.

Chapter 12: You Talkin’ to Me? Letters and Speeches.

Chapter 13: Sizing Up Citations.

Part IV: That Is the Question: Multiple-Choice and Essay Strategy and Practice.

Chapter 14: Planning Your Attack on Multiple-Choice Questions.

Chapter 15: Practice Multiple-Choice Questions.

Chapter 16: Writing at Warp Speed: The Essay Section.

Chapter 17: Practice Essays.

Part V: Testing, One, Two . . . Practice Exams.

Chapter 18: Road-Testing Your AP English Skills: Practice Exam One.

Chapter 19: Facing the Music: Checking Practice Exam One.

Chapter 20: Taking Another Stab at It: Practice Exam Two.

Chapter 21: The Envelope, Please: Answers and Explanations for Practice Exam Two.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Kill Your Essay Score.

Chapter 23: Ten Painless Ways to Become a Better Writer.

Index.

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