Barron's AP English Language and Composition

Barron's AP English Language and Composition

by George Ehrenhaft Ed.D.


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Barron's AP English Language and Composition by George Ehrenhaft Ed.D.

This updated manual presents five full-length practice exams with all questions answered and clearly explained. The book features a complete overview of what students need to know about language and rhetoric to earn top scores on the AP exam. Also included is advice and instruction for answering multiple-choice questions, plus an essential guide to writing focused and well-organized responses to essay questions, including the synthesis essay, which requires students to demonstrate mastery of documentation skills. Sample students’ essays are presented with critiques that point out each essay’s strengths and weaknesses. A glossary consisting of hundreds of rhetorical terms is also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764143489
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


  • Introducing the AP English Language and Composition Exam

  • PART ONE AP English Language and Composition Exam Preparation

  • Overview of the Test

  • Multiple-Choice Questions

    Sample Passage and Questions

    Reading Practice

    Passages for Practice

  • Essay Questions

    Questions from Previous AP Exams

    Sample Questions

    How Essays Are Scored

    Questions with Student Responses

    Writing Essays: What You Need to Know About the

    Craft of Writing

    Writing Essays: What You Need to Know About Language

    and Rhetoric

  • PART TWO Practice English Language and Composition Tests

    Practice Test A

    Practice Test B

    Practice Test C

    Practice Test D



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Barron's AP English Language and Composition 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book is very helpful in preparing for the AP english exam. gives a lot of examples and ways of attacking the exam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A review by a student is probably the best thing this book needs. For an AP English student who didn't really have any exposure to the style of this exam until about a month or two beforehand, the Barron's guide does a decent job of explaining the major elements of the exam. Although it has a lot more emphasis on how to write the essays than the multiple choice, the Barron's guide gives an overview of all the English classes you've ever taken. There are a few pages on grammar, lots of multiple choice practice and break-down, and excellent tips for essay writing, including do's and don'ts that give the reader a good idea of how far they can push the prompts in respect to creativity and casualness on the exam. Instead of giving samples of essays that scored a 9, 7, or 5, the Barron's guide gives the middle cut of essays, keeping the average student's confidence high and apprehensions low. The casual language in which the book is written also does a lot to boost a student's confidence. Written with some humor sprinkled in, the Barron's keeps studying relatively interesting. However, the practice tests are another story completely. The Barron's offers four practice tests with about fifty multiple choice and three essay prompts. The answers to the multiple choice and brief explanations for those and the essays are also made available, but typos are prevalent and to be expected. Many answers do not match their questions at all or give an explanation that means nothing. A warning to the self-taught student who is using this guide as their only mode of preparation for the exam: it's better to use it with a teacher or someone who knows what they're doing with the English language because they will be able to discern between a genuine answer and a typo. Nevertheless, the sample passages for the multiple choice do prepare you for the style of the passages on the actual exam, and may actually be harder to comprehend than those on the exam. Overall, the Barron's guide for the AP English Lang and Comp exam is a pretty comprehensive guide that can help a student with little or no familiarity with the exam. Coming from someone who had no idea what a synthesis essay was until a few weeks before the exam, I think Barron's does a fairly good job in the way of preparation.
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