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Barron's AP Computer Science A with CD-ROM (Barron's AP Computer Science (W/CD)) 5th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0764197045
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  • New edition thoroughly updated to reflect the College Board's elimination of the Level AB course and its replacement with the current Level A syllabus

  • Three full-length AP practice exams, including a diagnostic test, with all questions answered and explained
  • An extensive subject review that includes new sections on static variables, the List interface, Integer.MAX_VALUE, and Integer.MIN_VALUE

  • An enclosed CD-ROM presenting two additional full-length practice exams with answers, explanations, automatic scoring for the multiple-choice questions, and a scoring chart



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    Product Details

    • Series: Barron's AP Computer Science (W/CD)
    • Paperback: 504 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5 edition (February 1, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764197045
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764197048
    • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    As an AP Computer Science teacher, I've looked through many of these review books. I use them to get question ideas for assessments, and I also recommend them to my students.

    The Barron's book is the most up-to-date one that I've come across. It covers all of the changes to the AP Comp Sci A exam since the AB class was dropped, including the List interface, two-dimensional arrays, and static variables. In addition, it has an excellent section on the current case study, GridWorld.

    It's not a perfect book by any stretch. Some of the questions are unrealistic as AP questions, and my students have told me in the past the actual AP exam has been easier than the questions in this book (though that's not necessarily a bad thing, of course). In addition, I'm not impressed with its selection of free response questions. There aren't very many, and the ones that it has are not of the highest quality.

    With those caveats, I still highly recommend this book for anyone preparing for the AP Computer Science exam. It's the best review book I've come across, and the only I've seen that is up-to-date.
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    I purchased this book to self-study for the Exam, and I feel that it helped very much. The information was presented well and the 30-question quizzes at the end of each chapter worked well as progress-tracking tools. The multiple choice questions in the practice exams at the end of the book felt harder than the ones on the AP Test, but I really can't complain about that. However, the free responses were much easier than the ones on the AP Test; if you are looking to practice those, I would suggest simply attempting some of the old AP free responses on College Board.

    If you have a good amount of programming experience with an object-oriented language (C++ for instance), this is a great book to use for self-study and it can be done comfortably in the span of about two weeks. Even if you already know Java, this book can help you get a sense of what the AP Test questions would be like and allows you to focus on the topics covered on the Exam. If you don't know how to program already or have very rudimentary knowledge of OOP, get this book far prior to taking the AP Test; as good a book it is, the subject matter would take a while for someone with no backing to learn.

    Overall, a great purchase, and I would recommend it and any of Barron's other AP guides for AP study material. Shipping was very fast as well; it came in one day, though this was with Prime trial on.
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    I love this book!

    It is extremely clear and shows you the specific code needed to accomplish tasks. What it does that most don't is the logic. This book explains the theory behind each concept. This is extremely important because the AP test doesn't only ask questions about what you have already done, it asks you to apply the concepts to things you haven't specifically done.

    It also came with a CD that contains an additional two tests.

    The tests are noticeably tougher than actual AP tests, but it is probably to my advantage to practice with tougher material than I'll actually be given.
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    Not only is this book up to date, unlike other books I have ordered from other sites, it was inexpensive and got to me just in time.
    The only complaint is that it took longer than it should have to be sent, but it's great for anyone going through an APCS course.
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    This book covers everything you need for the ap exam, even a little bit more to help with understanding computer science in general. Not only will this book ace your next class exam, it'll help you get a 5 on the ap exam as well.

    There are 9 chapters and 3 practice exams that you can take. It goes through all of gridworld rather thoroughly but in my opinion it focuses the most on arrays. After every chapter there are 20-40 questions that are modeled after the ap test, so there are a lot of practice problems! The book explains many concepts thoroughly and clearly.

    All in all, I believe barron's is great for compsci and it is one of the reasons why I got a 5 on the AP exam.
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    I've taken a lot of AP tests, and of all the review books I've read, Barron's AP Computer Science A has been the most helpful. I put off studying until two nights before the test, so I ended up pulling an all-nighter and read the entire book. There's definitely a lot of information to know for the test, but Barron's puts everything in a concise, organized, easy-to-understand manner, so I had no problem retaining the information. In case you have more time, there's a diagnostic test that will help you pinpoint specific areas you need to brush up on, and there's four more practice tests (two of them on the CD-ROM). Additionally, each chapter contains roughly thirty multiple choice questions with explanations for the answers, which I found to be incredibly helpful. For me, the most challenging sections were recursion and the sort algorithms, so having about sixty questions on just those subjects really prepared me for the exam, which, by the way, I finished twenty minutes early thanks to this book!
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    explains topics well, but regarding the searching and sorting algorithms, i wish they had provided some more coding examples though. However, I thought that it prepared my pretty well for the exam. I like how they give sample free-response answers for each practice tests, as well as tests after every chapter.
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