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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)