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CliffsAP English Language and Composition (Cliffs AP) [Paperback]

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Pages   350
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.25" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
ISBN  0471933686  
EAN  9780471933687  


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Your complete guide to a higher score on the *AP English Language and Composition exam Why CliffsAP Guides? Go with the name you know and trust Get the information you need--fast! Written by test prep specialists About the contents: Part I: Introduction * Review of the format and scoring of the recent exam Part II: Analysis of Exam Areas * Description of the multiple-choice section and effective test-taking techniques * Overview of the essay section and strategies for success Part III: Diagnostic Mini-Test Part IV: Past AP English Language Essays Part V: Glossary of Important Terms for the Exam Part VI: 6 Practice Tests * 6 full-length practice tests followed by answers and explanations Part VII: Suggested Reading List *AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. AP Test Prep Essentials from the Experts at CliffsNotes?

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Your complete guide to a higher score on the *AP English Language and Composition exam

Why CliffsAP Guides?

Go with the name you know and trust

Get the information you need--fast!

Written by test prep specialists

About the contents:

Part I: Introduction
* Review of the format and scoring of the recent exam


Part II: Analysis of Exam Areas
* Description of the multiple-choice section and effective test-taking techniques
* Overview of the essay section and strategies for success


Part III: Diagnostic Mini-Test

Part IV: Past AP English Language Essays

Part V: Glossary of Important Terms for the Exam

Part VI: 6 Practice Tests
* 6 full-length practice tests followed by answers and explanations


Part VII: Suggested Reading List

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

AP Test Prep Essentials from the Experts at CliffsNotes?

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Barbara V. Swovelin has taught AP and Honors classes since 1982. She serves as an AP English Exam Reader and a College Board Consultant. She has also taught graduate-level test preparation classes at California universities since 1986, and currently teaches at Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, California.

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Middling quality  May 21, 2007
A decent book, but flawed in a few ways. Provides enough information about the test itself, but focuses more on practice tests - which is probably the best way to prepare.

However, the practice tests are mediocre at best. The multiple-choice sections are decent, but a number of the questions are a bit iffy. Each practice test includes answers and explanations. The explanations are frequently insufficient; often they would say no more than "Answer D is the only correct answer choice". This isn't an explanation - it's a restatement of the answer. Of course, many of the explanations were good; a few even detailed why each particular answer choice was wrong. However, I encountered far more vague explanations than thorough explanations. The book also fails to deal with documentation questions on the multiple choice. Each practice test includes one or two, but when I took the AP there were four or five documentation questions. Furthermore, these questions were more varied than the practice ones. The CliffsAP book failed to adequately deal with this aspect of the test.

CliffsAP did even worse on the free-response section. The practice tests failed to represent the basic format of the free-response: one synthesis essay, one rhetorical analysis, one argumentation. Many of the practice tests presented two rhetorical analysis essays or two argumentation essays. Many of the essay prompts feel hastily prepared and poorly designed. The synthesis essays were the worst. Occasionally, the prompt and the sources addressed different issues. On nearly all of the synthesis prompts, the documents were very poorly selected. One essay featured four articles by the same newspaper. Another was comprised primarily of letters to the editor. Actual AP synthesis questions feature a variety of sources; the one I encountered included encyclopedia entries, newspaper articles, and book excerpts, among other sources. The CliffsAP essays were way off target.

Nonetheless, the book helped me prepare for the AP. It did a decent job, but I can't help but feel like it could've been far better written. In the end, I regret buying this book. I don't know what the Princeton Review book is like, but I can't imagine it's worse than this.
 
CliffsAP English Language and Composition (Cliffs AP  May 16, 2007
well the book was not for me but the only thing i can say was the shipping
was very fast.
 
Practical and specific  Jan 10, 2007
I've just begun to use this text with my AP English 1 students, but the exercises and the explanations are clear. The text reflects the changes that will appear on the upcoming exam in May. I would recommend its purchase.
 
The BEST help you will ever need!  Dec 20, 2006
I used the the first edition of this book with my students for years and the newly-updated edition is even better than before! VERY practical advice and REAL examples from the author's students, so it's not some adult trying to be a teenager. Don't let the Cliff's title fool you--this is quality instruction from an experienced educator!
 

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