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Wiley AP English Literature and Composition [Kindle Edition]

Geraldine Woods
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Score your highest on exam day

Relax. The fact that you're even considering taking the AP English Literature & Composition exam means you're smart, hard-working, and ambitious. All you need is to get up to speed on the exam's topics and themes and take a couple of practice tests to get comfortable with its question formats and time limits. That's where Wiley AP English Literature & Composition comes in.

This user-friendly and completely reliable guide helps you get the most out of any AP English class and reviews all of the topics emphasized on the test. It also provides two full-length practice exams, complete with detailed answer explanations and scoring guides. This powerful prep guide helps you practice and perfect all of the skills you need to get your best possible score. And, as a special bonus, you'll also get a handy primer to help you prepare for the test-taking experience.

  • A detailed overview of the test
  • Subject reviews covering all test topics
  • Practice questions
  • Sample free-response questions with advice for crafting critical essays
  • Strategies and solid test-taking advice
  • Two full-length practice tests with detailed explanations and walk-throughs

Supplemented with handy lists of test-taking tips and more, Wiley AP English Literature & Composition helps you make exam day a very good day, indeed.



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  • Two full-length practice tests to help you score your highest

  • Review questions with complete answers and explanations for the most popular themes on the test

  • Study strategies and expert test-taking tips to keep you calm and focused on test day

Review key exam topics and themes to maximize your score

Preparing for the AP English Literature and Composition exam? This test-prep guide helps you perfect the skills you need to achieve your best possible score. You'll find long- and short-range planning advice, detailed chapters that discuss the four main literary genres, and two full-length practice exams complete with comprehensive answer explanations. As a bonus, two appendices provide a full list of teacher-recommended titles for the open-ended essay, as well as a quick grammar review to address the fundamentals of essay writing.

  • A detailed overview of the test

  • Subject reviews covering all test topics

  • Free-response questions with advice for crafting critical essays

  • Strategies and solid test-taking advice

  • Two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations

About the Author

Geraldine Woods teaches English and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience and has written more than 40 books for students and educators covering English and grammar, literature, science, history, and test prep.


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  • File Size: 6630 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BM9KBPW
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a high school junior or senior in the Advanced Placement (AP) and will be sitting for the AP English Literature & Composition exam, you'll want to maximize your chance for success. You may know your stuff, or think you do, but the real test of your knowledge is the exam itself. Let's face it, not everyone is a good test taker and the AP exams can cut the wheat from the chaff. The two-part exam is comprised of two sections, multiple choice and free response. The first part is a one hour exam that counts as 45% and the second is two hours (three essays) and counts as 55% of your score. Perhaps you are confident of your ability to ace the essays, but what about that multiple choice? On the other hand, perhaps you're more confident of acing that multiple choice section.

In this book you'll find be able to review the types of questions, both essay and multiple choice, check out some examples, and check out some tips that might help you out as you prepare for the exam. The pages of this text are peppered with tips and examples to work with. In the back of the book is a very thorough index you can work with, something I always appreciate when I want to either browse or look up something specific. Each chapter is prefaced by a list of Key Concepts that will be covered. There is a brief overview of the main theme and then an introduction of what to expect on the exam. You'll find your answers as to what you should do and, more importantly what you shouldn't do. For example there is a list of certain types of writing that are "certain to doom your essay."

Obviously you'll be interested in those two practice tests, but the bulk of this work is review, something that you really should pay attention to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I use two of the author's other books to help English students that need a clear explanation and practice of grammar and punctuation. They are clear and well-written. This AP English Literature book is also superior in terms of the average 'raft' of study guides in terms of its examples, explanations, and tactics in preparing for the AP test. However, its the author's prose and sloppy writing that I have some trouble with. For example, take this: "Literary criticism is essentially the printed version of the lectures or arguments you hear in English class." Well, maybe for some lazy teachers, but the statement seems pretty silly to me. Then there's the clarity of the writing, "You've learned nearly all of the vocabulary words you use on a daily basis almost effortlessly...." Then as for advice, "When you first read a poem, you probably shouldn't take notes because you'll likely need to use every available brain cell simply to decode the meaning." Whoa!! That advice is more along the lines of a poorly written Amazon review. Still, anything to encourage the study of literature helps spread the experience of literature, in my book, so long as it's not abysmal. This one is OK, and with some other study aids, the student might be able to get credit for freshman English, which, in terms of my own experience teaching a community colleges and major universities, is a far worse fate for a young, enthusiastic lover of literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource June 12, 2013
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First of all, I must tell you that I have been an AP English teacher for a number of years, and I normally do not use books of this type in my class nor do I recommend them to my students. A good AP teacher should be able to structure his or her class in such a way that supplemental materials such as these are not necessary, so I have never advocated any of them to my students or used one in my class. I only use materials provided by the College Board in my class. But I have been asked many times for my opinion on this or that guide book, and when I saw this one available through Amazon Vine I decided to take a look at it to see what it was like. While I still don't believe books like this are necessary, I believe this one could be helpful. The information about the form and function of the test as well as the sample questions, answers, and essays provided seemed pretty much spot-on to me, and as such I think that, as a supplementary material, this book certainly couldn't hurt anyone. Of all the ones I've looked at, this one was the best I'd seen in its organization of material and its presentation. It had a conversational tone that was easy to read and hit several main points and suggestions without confusing the reader or bogging him or her down in superfluous details. If you are in the market for this kind of book, you could probably do worse than to pick up the Wiley.
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You can forget all the rest. This is the best present you can get for a teenager looking ahead to the Big Tests.

Maybe they will want the high tech toys and Apple products, but this one book will stand them for life, will give them a lifetime of success in any professional field,and thus is the gift of life in our brutal society.

The best of the line, give the long-lasting gift of this book to the youngsters you love most, and help them through it as best you can together.

The gift that truly keeps on giving.

Covers the field very well and very clearly, with good practice. Do not send your loved ones into the Test unknowing, but with the familiarity with form and content provided by this book, in the safe environment of your own home, or their room, where fear of failure will not impede learning acquisition.

Share this book with those whom you most love, with those for whom you desire the good life, and help walk through it, before they run alone through the Test itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait until the last minute to get this book.
Getting this a year before you need it will give you time to really study and get ths most out of this. In the meantime, it will also help you considerably in your classes. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Neal Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on English Literature & Composition
This is one of the best books on english lit and composition. I feel it encourages the study of literature and is a great resource for students. Highly recommended.
Published 21 months ago by amazon customer
5.0 out of 5 stars two complete exams, lots of review questions
If you are planning to take the AP English Lit and Comp exam, you could do worse than to purchase this guide. Read more
Published 21 months ago by LibraryGirl2014
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for students and teachers
I teach High School English, not AP classes currently, but in the past, but I got this book as a resource for my classroom. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars AP English Literature Enrichment study guide. Can use as English study...
AP English Literature and compostion, great test taking advice, and lost of practice. Love the 2 complete full length practice tests, and the many review questions with... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Enchanted In Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepares students for the AP exam
Wiley AP English Literature & Composition by Geraldine Woods is a comprehensive guide to preparing for and taking the AP Literature and Composition Exam. Read more
Published 21 months ago by DarcyO
4.0 out of 5 stars To Help Prepare For The May Advanced Placement Test In Literature
Every May ambitious and higher achieving high school students across the US who are enrolled in Advanced Placement coursework take tests to see if they can score high enough to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of informative lessons
This AP test guide is a lifesaver to anyone studying for the test or preparing someone else for it. It starts off with the fundamentals and goes all the way through giving lists... Read more
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Geraldine Woods has taught and tutored every level of English from 5th grade through AP for nearly four decades. She blogs on language and grammar at www.grammarianinthecity.com. She's the author of more than 40 books, including numerous books published by Wiley: English Grammar For Dummies, English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, College Admissions Essays For Dummies, SAT I For Dummies, AP English Literature and Composition For Dummies, AP English Language and Composition For Dummies, and Punctuation: Simplified and Applied. She loves her family, the Yankees, New York City, and Chinese food.

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