- Series: Barron's Ap English Language and Composition
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 7 edition (February 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438008643
- ISBN-13: 978-1438008646
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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|Barron's AP English Language and Composition with CD-ROM, 7th Edition|
|Product Format||Comprehensive Test Prep Guide|
|Product Highlights||This package has all of the same great content as the book, plus a CD-ROM which provides two additional full-length practice tests with automatic scoring and fully explained answers. Bonus Online Practice Test: Students who purchase this package will also get Free access to one additional full-length online AP English Language and Composition test with all questions answered and explained|
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90% of the text book was fine - but the 10% with errors slowed me down considerably trying to find sources to assure the correct answers and methodology. As a long time chem teacher these were easy for me to spot - but I worry about the inexperienced chem student who is relying on what is in this book to help them prepare for the AP test.
This would not be so bad if the text book would allow us to provide/suggest corrections somewhere online. And once vetted, a place to go to find the corrections. If this type of resource exists for this text, I have been unable to find it.
To prepare for the test, I had also gone through the Princeton Review, which I found was MUCH MUCH better than this one. It is concise and the questions were similar to the ones I saw just a few hours ago. I am confident that I got a 5 on the test, thanks to the help of the Princeton Review.
FORGET ABOUT THIS BOOK. GET THE PRINCETON REVIEW
I am an AP Chemistry teacher (3rd year) and I sat down to read all of the available AP review books released for the new 2014 AP Chem exam. After reading through the Princeton Review, Barron's, and 5 steps to a 5, I thought that Barron's was overall the worst choice for a comprehensive review book. Barron's had by far the most information in it, yet it was often TOO much. Their diagnostic 1 test contains between 15-20% Organic Chemistry questions which is NOT on the AP exam (although admittedly wouldn't hurt). Furthermore in comparison to the past 8 years of AP exams (available on Collegeboard), the questions seem TOO hard.
On the upside, Barron's does an excellent job helping students identify their weak points. In addition to providing detailed answer keys (which all 3 books do), they also provide a table which help students figure out which TYPES of questions they are struggling with and WHICH CHAPTERS those questions are coming from. This will enable students to key in on their weak points easily and to me this feature is the highlight of the book.
In conclusion, if your students can do Barron's, they'll do very well on the test. But time is limited for our AP students and Barron's feels like the wrong tool for the job. (Why learn how to operate heavy machinery when a hammer will do?) The book reads more like a college textbook than a review/skills focused book and over-complicates the subject leading students to believe they need to learn around 3x as much information. Hence I believe either of the other two (Princetons or 5 steps to a 5) will serve my students better and I have steered them in that direction.