CliffsAP English Language and Composition

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John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2001 - Advanced placement programs (Education) - 324 pages
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CliffsAP study guides help you gain an edge on Advanced Placement* exams. Review exercises, realistic practice exams, and effective test-taking strategies are the key to calmer nerves and higher AP* scores.

CliffsAP English Language and Composition, 2nd Edition, is for college-bound students who are preparing to take the AP English Language and Composition Exam, which colleges use to assess your ability to perform college-level work. This easy-to-use guide provides you with insight into both the multiple choice and free-response sections of the exam. Inside, you'll find

  • Five full-length practice tests
  • A detailed overview of the different types of multiple choice questions
  • Explanations of how the essays are scored
  • Sample topics with actual student essays
  • A diagnostic mini-test to help you assess your test-taking strengths and weaknesses

The exam's multiple choice questions are designed to test your ability to analyze prose passages, and the free response section tests your writing ability in a variety of modes and for a variety of purposes. This guide shows you plenty of examples of each, covering the following areas:

  • Rhetoric and rhetorical modes, and author meaning and purpose
  • Organization and structure
  • The main idea of a passage
  • Planning and writing your essay
  • Suggestions on writing style
  • Plus, a glossary of terms for the multiple choice and free response sections

This comprehensive guide offers a thorough review of key concepts and detailed answer explanations. It’s all you need to do your best — and get the college credits you deserve.

*Advanced Placement Program and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.

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About the Author Barbara Swovelin has taught AP and gifted classes since 1982. She is an experienced AP Reader and conducts workshops for teachers for the College Board. Ms. Swovelin also has taught graduate test preparation classes in the LSAT and GMAT at California universities since 1986. She currently teaches at Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, California.

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