5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations: English Literature

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9780071377195: 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations: English Literature

An exciting new series of study guides that lets each student design a course of study pitched to his or her individual needs and learning style

Each year, more than one million U.S. high school students take one or more advanced placement (AP) exams, and, according to official projections, that number will continue to rise in the years ahead. That is because AP exams confer important benefits on those who do well on them. High AP scores are indispensable to gaining admission to most elite colleges. They provide students with a competitive edge when competing for grants and scholarships. And they allow students to bypass required university survey courses, saving on skyrocketing tuition fees.

Designed to coincide perfectly with the most current
AP exams, Five Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations guides contain several advanced features that set them above all competitors. Each guide is structured around an ingenious Five-Step Plan. The first step is to develop a study plan, the second builds knowledge, the third and fourth hone test-taking skills and strategies, and the fifth fosters the confidence students need to ace the tests. This flexible study tool is also tailored to three types of students. For the more structured student there is a "Month-by-Month" approach that follows the school year and a "Calendar Countdown" approach that begins with the new year. For students who leave studying to the last minute "Basic Training" covers the basics in just four weeks.

Other outstanding features include:

  • Sample tests that closely simulate real exams
  • Review material based on the contents of the most recent tests
  • Icons highlighting important facts, vocabulary, and frequently-asked questions
  • Boxed quotes offering advice from students who have aced the exams and from AP teachers and college professors
  • Websites and links to valuable online test resources, along with author e-mail addresses for students with follow-up questions
  • Authors who are either AP course instructors or exam developers

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From the Back Cover:

A Perfect Plan for the Perfect Score!

5 reasons to make this your guide to acing the AP English Literature exam:

  1. Only the McGraw-Hill 5 Steps to a 5 examination series helps you to design a course of study tailored to your unique needs and learning style.
  2. Each innovative guide is structured around a helpful, easy-to-follow Five-Step Plan:
    Step 1: Develop the Study Plan
    Step 2: Develop the Knowledge
    Step 3: Develop the Skills
    Step 4: Develop the Strategies
    Step 5: Develop the Confidence
  3. This flexible study tool is also tailored to three types of students. For students who work well on a timeline, there is a "Month-by-Month" approach that follows the school year and a "Calendar Countdown" approach that begins with the New Year. For students who do their best under the gun, the "Basic Training" option covers the AP basics in just four weeks.
  4. A Diagnostic / Master Exam will help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses while providing you with powerful insights into the structure of the test itself.
  5. Finally, a Comprehensive Review, with separate sections on poetry and prose, will acquaint you with essential terms and concepts while providing practices to sharpen you're your analytical, interpretive, and writing skills.

And if that's not enough, here are 5 more great reasons to choose this guide over all the other AP English Language and Literature test prep books:

  • Award-winning authors with decades of experience as AP educators and AP exam developers
  • Sample tests that closely simulate real exams
  • Icons highlighting important facts, vocabulary, and frequently asked questions
  • Boxed quotes offering advice from AP teachers, college professors, and students who have aced the exams
  • Links to valuable online test resources, Web sites, and author email addresses for students with follow-up questions

About the Author:

Grace Freedson is president of Grace Freedson Publishing Network and a former editor in chief of Barron's Educational Series.

Barbara Murphy is on the faculty of Syracuse University's Project Advance in English. She taught AP Language and other college-level courses for over 20 years. She has been a reader of the AP Language and Composition Exam and is a consultant for the College Board's AP Language and Composition division.

Estelle Rankin taught AP Literature for over 25 years. She was honored with the AP Literature Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 and received the Long Island Teacher of the Year Award in 1990.

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