AP English Literature & Composition for Dummies
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AP English Literature & Composition For Dummies prepares you for — you guessed it —
the AP Literature and Composition Exam (not to be confused with the AP English
Language and Composition exam, which covers all-purpose, general writing on current
events, personal experience, and culture). This exam is a product of the College Board,
a not-for-profit outfit based in Princeton, New Jersey. The College Board is the group of educators
and educational institutions that administers the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and other
laugh-a-minute hurdles that you face before entering college. “AP” stands for “advanced
placement,” which means that anyone passing the exam has demonstrated college-level
achievement before actually entering an ivy-covered building. In other words, the AP label
is for serious brainwork.
Did I scare you? Calm down. AP material is tough, but it’s also teachable. You don’t have to
be a natural-born literary genius to score well on the AP English exam. You just have to
scrape the rust off your thinking cap and do some of the exercises in this book. In fact, you don’t even have to go through all the exercises. (You’ll still have some time to download some music and chat with your friends.) After you get acquainted with the AP exam format and brush up on your reading and writing skills, you can score big on the AP English Literature and Composition exam.
Most people taking an AP exam spend a year in an AP course, probably in a real classroom but increasingly in virtual, online courses. However, you can take the exam even if you’ve never taken an official AP course — the test is available to all those willing to glue themselves to uncomfortable chairs, spit out answers, and pay the exam fee. Homeschoolers and people resuming their education after time away from school (welcome back!) can also take the AP English Literature and Composition exam.

AP English courses are generally souped-up versions of regular junior or senior English classes, with extra reading and writing assignments and perhaps tougher grading standards. Again, not to worry. With AP English Literature & Composition For Dummies you can prepare for both the course and the exam because most assignments and tests in the AP English course closely resemble the work you have to do on the AP English exam. If you’re a fairly good English student — and if you aren’t, this book will help you sharpen your skills — you’ll find that the AP English Literature and Composition exam isn’t much more difficult than the tests you’ve faced in English class before. In fact, in some ways it may even be easier than the exams you’re used to. All AP exams are designed by experts with tons of time to check the clarity of every question — not by the average classroom teacher who has to create essay and multiple choice questions while doing the wash, finding a renewable caffeine source, and walking the dog. Oh, and did I mention that classroom teachers have to correct the tests and homework they gave last week too, even as they spin out new questions? No wonder so many English tests are punctuated by announcements such as “In section four, choice D should read “Homer’s Odyssey,” not “Homer’s Simpson.” The AP ثEnglish Literature and Composition exam taxes your brain, but at least it’s fair and accurate.

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