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KINGB@WCSUB.CTSTATEU.EDU

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REA AP Stats test-prep book
Posted: Apr 5, 1997 12:20 PM
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Bryan Alexander wrote:

That is exactly my plan! I can not take this as an independent
study because I have no room in my schedule, so therefore it is basiclly just
me and a friend of mine, studying outside of school. We have a teacher
advisor that is very enthusiastic about the subject, but she will mostly just
be available to help us when we are extremely lost. As far as homework and
tests, we plan to do the problem sets in the textbooks, then write some
ourselves and give them to each other for extra practice. We plan to follow
the Acorn Book's breakdown of test material very closely and hope that this
will be adequate preparation for the AP exam. Again, I would like to thank
you and everyone else on this Group for assisting me in my endeavor.

Al Coons recently reported the existence of the first test-preparation
book for AP Statistics, as follows:

I just scanned one of the six practice tests. I do not know if they are
really good, but what a valuable resource at this point. It was
wonderful....I discoverd topics I have not covered well enough and struggled
through some of the multiple choice questions since I was not exactly sure
what they were asking not the questions fault but just like my students, I
am use to focusing on certain topics and asking questions in certain ways).
Detailed nswers are provided for all questions.

For those of you like me - first year teaching a full course in statistics
and really not sure how to prep my students for this exam - I would not
hestitate to order this book immediately. It arrive in just 3 days.

"The Best Test Preparation for the AP Statistics Examination"
Allen, Berger, et. al
Reaseach & Education Association
908-819-8880

I never heard of any of the authors (which is not to be critical of
them or their work). But common sense would suggest that the first
approximation is not likely to be the best one. Nevertheless, almost
ANY systematic preparation at this point probably would help. The six
practice exams, in particular, are likely to be useful. I would say
run--do not walk--to your telephone and order the book. It's about $20
and, with S/H, my bill came to $24.90.

My guess is that, another year, people who have been more intimately
involved with the AP course and its development may come up with a
better book. But the REA book is the only one available now, and it
could not have come at a better time.

==============================================
Bruce King
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(kingb@wcsu.ctstateu.edu)


I took Al's advice and ordered the book.






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