As with any multiple-choice test, there will come a time when you are as prepared as you can be.
The answer sheet and exam booklet will be in front of you at your desk.
At that time, what you know won't change.
Your head will be full of knowledge, and you might wish you knew more, but your score will depend on what you know on the answer sheet.
Imagine sitting at the next desk with a double.
Your double knows what you know.
Your score will be better if you know how to beat the test.
Your double will struggle to bring all his or her knowledge to the table as you squeeze every possible drop of what you know onto that answer sheet.
The difference will be reflected in the scores.
Time management is important.
For narrowing answers to more viable options, the process of elimination is necessary.
You have to answer every question.
Leave nothing blank.
You need a plan to do your best on the exam.
If you stop worrying about doing things the right way, you will be able to answer questions more efficiently.
Even random bubbled answers have hope, even though there are no bubbles.
Go into test day with a plan for managing your time and answering questions you don't know.
Take note of the time when the test begins.
Most rooms don't have a clock, but the start time might be put on the board.
Set your wrist watch to 12:00 and you'll be good to go.
It's easy to see how much time you have left.
It's a good trick to take a timed test.
You can bet on how long it will take to read four or five passages with questions.
Don't put too much time into any one question or passage.
Some passages are easier than others.
You know your skills best on the test and there is no order of difficulty.
The one that makes you most comfortable should be the one you see.
The easiest passage for you to read will help you start the test well.
You reserve time for harder passages to come.
Scan the passages for one that is harder to read.
You can use any extra time on this one if you save it for the end.
You can dedicate the remaining time to the reading and questions that will be the most difficult if you complete the other passages faster.
You may have to guess because you don't know the answers or you're running out of time, but that's okay.
It won't hurt you as much if you answered the easier passages with more thought.
The AP English Literature and Composition Exam questions are not arranged in order of difficulty.
The test writers could rate the passages on a scale of easy to difficult.
Work, not read is our choice.
When we get to the next chapter, you will see what we mean.
The passages are not equal.
Because you can't count on easier passages first, you have to rely on your instincts and prior knowledge to assess the situation and go in the direction of the test.
If you don't have time to answer a question, use the Letter of the Day for it.
You should have a strategy so that you don't waste time making a decision.
Time management is a key factor in standardized tests.
There's no time to waste because you have to answer 50 to 55 questions in 60 minutes.
The more questions you answer, the more likely you are to get correct answers.
Determine how to tackle the test in the best way for you by analyzing yourself as a test taker.
General guidelines can be presented, but you have to come up with your own plan for test day.
You won't be confident in your abilities if you worry about how others are testing.
Look over the passages to determine your approach.
Don't count on it if you can get to all the passages and answer all the questions in five minutes.
You don't have to do the passages in order.
The first thing you should do as soon as the multiple-choice section begins is look over the passages.
Decide which passage to do first, but which passage to last.
To find the most difficult passage, put off doing it until the end.
There are two reasons for doing this.
A more difficult passage is likely to take the most time.
You don't want to end up in a situation where you have to finish three out of four passages.
This is a very simple technique.
You should save the passage and questions for the last.
This strategy ensures that you answer all of the questions you know before moving onto the ones you may not know and which, therefore, might cost you valuable time.
It is possible to get a final score of 5 without doing all the passages.
Excellent essays and accurate answers are what it calls for.
If you're satisfied with a final score of 4 and you know that reading comprehension questions are difficult for you, then you should skip a passage.
Leaving questions blank does not mean skipping a passage.
We call it your letter of the day because you can't eliminate any options if you don't know the answer.
Selecting the same answer choice each time will increase your chances of getting a correct answer.
Take each answer a word at a time.
If any part of the answer is wrong, eliminate the answer.
The question that follows is contained in the following excerpt from A Confederacy of Dunces.
The choice is wrong if one part of the question is wrong.
This answer should be eliminated.
He is not a "bon vivant," which is a person who lives a good life.
Eliminate this one because half bad is all bad.
Don't be distracted by a detail in the passage that doesn't provide the information needed to answer the question.
The whole thing is bad if part of the answer is wrong.
If the answer is appropriate for what the question is asking, read the entire answer choice.
The answer that you read in the passage cannot be the answer.
You should be able to spot this answer through the elimination process.
The answer that is most suitable is this one.
The Key may be similar to other answer choices, but all of them fulfill the question and align with the passage.
The answers are (B) and (E).
You don't know if he is a "social misfit" and you don't know what the word "ironic" means.
You couldn't find anything wrong with it.
It had a lot of tough words.
Don't be afraid to ask the right questions.
Make sure you don't pick the wrong answers.
Students pick weak answers and they know they are doing it.
One answer was kind-of-but-not-really-right while the other was completely unfamiliar.
The student thinks the answer might be wrong, but then again, it might be embarrassingly wrong.
The student picks the wrong answer and loses points, but he thinks it's okay because it wasn't the most embarrassing answer.
You can't be mean on the exam.
The questions are scored by a machine.
No one cares which answer you pick, not your AP teacher, not your classmates, not the AP essay graders.
Pick one answer if POE leaves you with two or three.
The example above was correct.
If you were sure of the definition of "ironic," you could probably get the answer.
It is ironic.
The irony is that Ignatius's taste in dress is the basis for it.
He comments on the outward appearance of others as if they have no taste in clothing and no decency.
His appearance is gaudy and ruffled.
There is a contrast between the author's description of Ignatius's appearance and his attitude towards shoppers.
Sometimes irony takes the form of a subtle kind of humor when what is said is different from what is meant.
The author is trying to convey the opposite of what the character believes to be true, even though the character in this description means what he is saying.
Both for the test and the study of literature, irony is an important term.
There is a glossary at the back of the book.
There are many colors and flavors of irony.
Look more closely at what's left if you want to eliminate the obviously wrong.
Don't leave a question blank.
You have to know one more time management technique.
We'd like to tell you about it now, but it won't make sense until we show you examples of the types of questions you'll see on the AP Literature Exam and explain the general principles of reading prose or poetry passages.
The Art of the Seven-Minute Passage is explained in the book.
After you've decided which passage to do last and have begun the passage, concentrate.
Scan the page and say you're done.
You won't know what you've just looked at.
The only way to comprehend what you read is to concentrate.
Buckle down and remember that the test is very difficult.
Concentration is one thing for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam.
When you hit a sentence you don't understand, there is a time when you have to read a difficult text.
Most students go blank at that point.
They're just looking over what appears to be complicated hieroglyphics, waiting for the part that makes sense again.
The student jumps back to the killer sentence and tries again.
Take a deep breath and get yourself to re-focus if you feel your eyes glazed over during the test.
Everyone does it when they are tired, stressed or bored.
You can't afford to take it on the AP test.
You don't have time.
There is only one cure.
Stop when a sentence gets away from you.
Take a deep breath.
Open your eyes.
The sentence is usually English.
Don't let your concentration get in the way of what you're reading.
If the sentence still doesn't make sense, try it again and make a conscious effort to keep reading.
The time and the number of passages should be noted.
The first thing to do is pick a passage.
To do last, pick a passage.
The passage needs to be worked on.
Use our techniques to answer the questions.
Pick a passage to finish based on your weakness.
If you skip a passage, guess or use your Letter of the Day, you can still get a good score.
You can learn the Art of the Seven-Minute Passage.
The best way to use POE is to look at the wording of each answer choice and eliminate what is wrong.
Even if it's just your LOTD, bubble an answer for all questions.