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20. 5 Steps to a 5 on the AP: Writing

1. 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations: English Language
by BarbaraMurphy, GraceFreedson
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE

Grace Freedson, Series Editor

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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3-0 out of 5 stars Websites are wrong, but book has a good idea.
(I am 15 years old) I bought this book earlier this week and after looking at it, it seems like a good book. But when you look in the back under the websites, NONE OF THE WEBSITES ARE REAL! The book can be very deceitful. It seems as if they just made up these websites. But I really like the organization and the calendars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent; very clear and helpful
I found this book to be very clearly written and helpful; it's like having a one-on-one extra help session with your favorite teacher. Since starting with it i have found class exams to be easier to manage and i am looking forward to a good grade on the AP test in May. I know there is a huge selection in test preparation books but i would recommend this one to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, easy to use, and very helpful!
I really enjoyed practicing with this book. They have a very clear method of writing which makes it seem like a one-on-one extra help session with your favorite teacher. Ever since I started, practice exams at school have become easier to manage and I am looking forward to a good score on the AP exam in May. I know there are hundreds of exam books on the market, but I would recommend this one to anyone who is reviewing for this test. ... Read more


2. Biology (Cliffs AP)
by Phillip E.Pack
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-23)
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When it comes to pinpointing the stuff you really need to know, nobody does it better than CliffsNotes. This fast, efficient test-prep guide delivers a complete program to help boost your score on the Biology *Advanced Placement exam.

With a thorough review of all subjects covered in the exam, plus hundreds of practice questions and detailed answer explanations, this comprehensive guide is all you need to do your best – and obtain the college credits you deserve.

 

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book and study it to get the 5.
Overall, this is the best AP summary book I have bought. The practice questions and practice exams are very close to what you see on the AP bio exam. In fact, two or three of the free response questions I saw on test day on the 2003 exam were in the Cliffs book in practically the exact form. This book is a great reference for future biology courses because it is concise and only includes the essentials. The pictures and diagrams are extremely useful. I will definitely continue to use this book even to study for the MCAT. I would go as far as to say you can easily get a 5 on the AP bio exam by studying from this book in place of taking a high school AP bio class. Overall a great purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book for the AP Biology Test
Cliff's AP Biology (2nd Edition) is comprehensive and informative--covering everything you will need for the AP test and for use throughout the year in your AP Biology class (it makes a great review before class tests!). I would highly recommend this book, as it helped me achieve a 5 on my AP Biology test this past year. The book includes:

~Detailed sections focusing on varying concepts with review questions after each section--very useful!

~Two complete practice tests at the end of the book to make sure you are thoroughly prepared for the AP test.

~Finally, the book covers the details regarding all 12 labs that may appear on the AP test.

During study sessions with my friends, who had Barron's, Princeton Review, or simply a text book to review from, we all agreed that Cliff's was a necessity; Barron's (6th Edition) was too detailed with obscure information, lacked "big picture concepts," and was ultimately frustrating with its typos and confusing diagrams. Princeton Review (2002-2003 Edition) lacked the information necessary for the AP test and missed important concepts.

In all, I highly recommend Cliff's AP Biology book for AP class tests and/or for the AP test.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Review Book
I got a 4 on the AP Biology test, and it's thanks to this book that I didn't get a lower score. I was unfortunate enough to have a teacher that I really couldn't learn from, she would lecture on about one topic and never teach anything else. I turned to CliffsAP for help.

The book makes the information easy to understand, and contains a fair about of review questions (about 20 after each chapter). I'd bombed the mitosis/meosis test we took before I got this book, but when I was studying for the AP test I read their section on meosis and suddenly it all made sense. The book helped me to really understand and grasp the topics we needed to learn on the test. I'd definitely recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT'S A GREAT REVIEW BOOK
I've read some of the reviews that claim this book to be horrible. ok, the only reason why people even think that this book is "horrible" is because they expected this to be an in-depth detail textbook for the ap exam. first of all, this book was designed to prep you and to review concepts that you've already supposed to have been learning throughout the year. This book is not meant to give very specific details about how the Krebs cycle works or how photosynthesis specifically works. if that's what you want, go buy a Biology textbook. don't expect a biology ap prep book to give you all the details. A good way to prep for the Biology AP exam is to learn (that's right, LEARN, not memorize!!) the material and review it every month. Before the exam, read this book over at very good pace over a week. (don't be like me, i crammed everything in in 3 days and ended up not studying for my other ap exams..very bad consequence). if you still feel too shaky the morning of the exam, just quickly skim over the pages. i did that and got a 5 on the exam. and the essay parts, don't worry- they're a cinch if you write essays consistently for each chapter test. (my teacher made us do that). having a really good amazing teacher that really pounds this stuff into your head is a big plus for this test! Mrs. Carr rocks!

5-0 out of 5 stars AP Prep books are Prep books, not Text books
I took the Biology AP this year (freshman year). I'm sure it helped that I had a decent teacher and a very good text book (Biology Concept and Applications, Starr/5th Edition. Brooks/Cole Thompson Learning publisher, I have an extra copy if you'd like to buy it--diablodeloszorros@yahoo.com). My teacher went ahead and ordered the class the Princeton Review AP Bio book, but I decided to do a little research first before getting mine. While I was studying, all my friends were teasing me, haha you have a different prep book. Turned out most of them didn't get a 5, and I did. This book is relatively well written and simple enough to understand. It covers just enough detail so if you read over something, you will remember all that you need. It has study questions at the end of each section. There were two things that bothered me about this book: at the end of each section there isn't a list of terms you should remember, and there are only two practice tests (I think--I burned the book after the exam). However, I had access to many AP bio books (Kaplan, Princeton, the 5 steps to a 5 one, a few others), and looking through them, they didn't seem all that great. The practice tests help, so copy a few of those out or get your teacher to. Use this book to supplement your class if you want a 5. No AP Prep book is a text book, it is important to not only use this, but also your class notes etc... However, this is one of the better AP books available. Good luck. ... Read more


3. How to Prepare for the AP World History
by John Mccannon, Pamela Jordan
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-28)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 24916
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Two full-length model AP examinations with answer keys plus a chronological general review of world history make up the greater part of this brand new Advanced Placement test prep manual. Other helpful features include an overview of the exam, and strategies for success in answering multiple-choice and document-based questions, as well as help in answering the comparative essay question. Historical eras in the subject review fall within the five following general categories: Foundations of World Civilization (4000 B.C.-1000 A.D.); World Cultures Maturing (1000-1450); World Cultures Interacting (1450-1750); World Cultures in the Modern Era (1750-1914); and The Twentieth Century and Contemporary World Cultures (1914-present). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Helper
I bought this book at the beginning of the school year to help me with my AP World History exam.It was excellent. I was able to pass the test and recieved credit for college which I begin this fall. I recommend this for anyone who wishes to pass this test. Though you should read throughout the year, not just a week before the exam. The multiple choice and essay questions are great and just like the exam. If you want to pass this test, buy this Barons book.

4-0 out of 5 stars AP World
This book does a pretty good job at reviewing for the exam. Since this was a new class last year, the course was somewhat disorganized in the first semester. This book really helped me refresh things from the beginning of the year (primarily from 1000 to 1450 ce). I had a great teacher and our class' text book had an enourmous amount of information. This review book only seemed to get a small part of all of it. But, it turned out that the test didn't have nearly as much as my text book. I did read through parts of this book and did the practice tests. The test was really easy though. You shouldn't worry if you do somewhat well in the class. I thought I didn't write very good essays, but I got a 5. It is still good review though, but it is a bit long.

5-0 out of 5 stars an awesome study tool
if you read the book front to back like i did, there is no way in hell that you won't get a five. My suggestions is to come up with a reading schedule starting during spring break and read it all the way until the exam. Good luck and use this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
To be quite honest, AP World History is, in general, a bad course. The scope of material is too wide, there isn't nearly enough time to get through the ungodly amount of history, and frankly, the name of the class, itself, is false advertisement. I think that AP World History should really be called 'The History of Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa Through the Perspective of the White Protestant Male,' because that's really what this class is, in essence. Basically, the course description tries to cover all of this material from the perspectives of the entire "world," but fails. In our class, for example, we spent FORTY MINUTES talking about World War I. There is NO WAY that a high school student (or any student, for that matter) can get a feel of World War I in a rushed 40-minute lecture. Granted, this *was* the first year that our school offered APWH, which made us the "guinea pig" class. Perhaps our teacher should have given us a summer supplement, but frankly, even with an entire summer of studying the material that this class tries to cover, a student will NEVER learn the history of the entire world outside of the USA. That brings me to another point: I think it's very interesting how, at our US high school, all students are required to take an entire year of US history, a relatively new country with about 300 years of history, while the school expects us to learn about the ENTIRE OUTSIDE WORLD in the same length of time.

Because of the time crunch we were in (a time predicament that ANY APWH would face in order to adequately prepare for the exam), our classes turned into mundane, lifeless lectures about dates, names, and places, rather than the "cause and effect" aspects to history. As a result, history was never brought to life, and I can honestly say, if I hadn't used this book, there is no way that I would have done well on this exam.

After spacing out during every lecture, I finally caved in and bought the Barron's book, which I studied from cover to cover during the exam PREPARATION. The Barron's book isn't designed to bring history to life--it's merely designed to give the student the necessary information needed to do well on the AP. I consider my score to be something that I earned on my own, and honestly, I do not credit the school for it. The practice tests are much like the ones you will see on the AP, although, the sample essays written by the author are unrealistically long. Still, the actually essay QUESTIONS are much like the ones that will appear on the test.

This book was, really, the sole reason that I scored a 4 on my exam. Our time predicament prevented us from taking a practice exam and from having adequate practice on the essays. Our class, in the end, had to rush through modern history (WWI, WWII, and the Cold War); the history that was supposed to be the most interesting of all was crunched into dates and facts. It was actually quite disappointing.

The AP exam, itself, was also unbalanced. I was expecting the test to be about a quarter Euro, a quarter Asian, a quarter South America, and a quarter Africa, since that's basically the extent of what we learned (or, rather, the extent of the material we were given). However, upon receiving the test, I discovered that, the test was about 80% ancient Asian history.
Again, ETS's attempt to be politically correct leads to false advertising.

If given the choice between World History and European History, TAKE AP EURO, I cannot stress that enough. If the school gives you some sort of speech that APWH will make you more "well-rounded" of a scholar of history, they feeding you a horrendous lie. But, if, like me, you were stuck with APWH, this book is the best exam preparation you can get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the book. It's only 12 dollars
Contrary to some reviewers, my APWH teacher did not make a good effort in teaching our class, so this book was the only reference that i could go by. The text review in the front of the book was very helpful and i still use it for history competitions and whatnot. However, the mosst helpful thing was the sample essays that they wrote for their own practice tests. Those helped me learn the format of an acceptable essay and how test graders think. During the actual ap test, i was sure that i would get a 5. That's how well this book prepared me. ... Read more


4. Barron's How to Prepare for the Ap Psychology Advanced Placement Examination (Barron's How to Prepare for the Ap PsychologyAdvanced Placement Examination)
by Robert McEntarffer, Allyson Weseley
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Updated to reflect the most recent tests, this manual presents a detailed subject review covering all AP Psychology test topics plus a diagnostic test and two full-length practice exams. All test questions are answered and explained. The authors also provide a valuable overview of the test with explanations of how it is scored. Added test preparation material includes extra multiple-choice questions, test-taking tips, and an analysis of the essay question with a sample essay. ... Read more


5. Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2004-2005 Edition
by Paul Foglino
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-13)
Publisher: Princeton Review
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Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Chemistry Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about chemistry–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference.In Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Score higher by reviewing key chemistry concepts
-Earn more points by familiarizing yourself with the format of the test
-Safeguard yourself against traps that can lower your score
-Perfect your skills with review questions in each chapter
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP Chemistry tests. All of our practice questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Review for any AP Test!!
This book is the best study aid I've ever used before. I actually used the 02-03 edition, but the book has remained essentially unchanged for the past few years. I didn't have an AP Chem class, only Chem 3, which did only so much to prepare me for the test. Instead I read through this book 2-3 times (which actually didn't take that long after I read it the first time) and did a few practice free reponse tests. I devoted all my studying time to this test (and not to my English Lit or US History, both of which I got 4's on), and doing this got me a solid 5 on the AP Chem. There were maybe 2-3 questions on the entire test I didn't know. Overall, this book covers almost every aspect that the test can test you on, with the exception of something that has to do w/ absorbity (which is new to the test, and I chose not to do that free response problem), and some lab questions, which you must learn on your own in a real lab situation. If you are taking the AP Chem test, buy this book or rent it from your local library (like me). It will be well worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me get a 5!
I took AP Chemistry last year and yesterday I just got my scores. I got a 5 in chemistry! I was shocked because I had a horrible chemistry teacher who told us nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and labs wouldn't be on the test which is why he didn't cover it! This book (the 02-03 edition) helped me significantly because of all its practice questions and nicely explained explainations. It makes chemistry seem so easy and if you memorize everything in that book (and know labs), you will ace the AP test. There were only 4 questions out of 75 on the AP test that I didn't know! Another excellent book was the CliffNotes book for those of you who are like me and had a chemistry teacher who did not do any of the labs. That book gives a lot of details on the labs so you will get all the lab questions right even if you've never done a lab. But one important thing to remember is you can not cram with APs. I started studying 3 months with this book before the test and I took a lot of real practice tests.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
this was an awesome book. If you read it in conjunction with the lectures and prepare yourself decently this book will help you get a 5. It did for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Preparation Guide
This book is an excellent preparation guide for the AP chemistry exam, it includes hundreds of practice AP questions similar to the national exam itself. It is a quick read if you are preparing late for the exam and has a very organized and user friendly format dividing the sections in to the main concepts covered by the AP exam and offerring excellent preparation questions in those areas. The difficulty level of the questions however is open to discussion as some questions in the book are slightly less difficult or complex as the questions asked on the actual national exam, however the majority are equivalent in difficulty to the exam. As for the free response section of the exam, this book provides excellent sample essay questions very similar to the exam in its intricacies and meticulous detailing of the questions forcing one to think deeply in to an answer. The book however does not provide answers that explain the answer to the question in great depth however with the information provided by the answer, one who is knowledged in chemistry can conclude what a proper AP exam answer would read. A main dividing factor between the free response section of exams in this book and of the real exam is that the real exam's "equilibrium problem" has many more parts to complete than that of the samples. The samples provide only 4 or 5 parts to the mathematical problems, whereas on the exam you can expect to find problems with 7 to 8 parts, and some of the types of questions encountered in the 4 extra parts are never discussed in this book. The exam takes the mathematical questions to a higher level than this book and requires one to analyze further the situation of a problem and provide further calculations to demonstrate understanding, this princeton review book does not discuss this. However, all together this book has great value and i highly reccomend it for any brave enough to challenge the AP chemistry exam, it is an essential material for its practice questions and was a cornerstone for me to score my 5 on the AP chemistry national exam. My advice to those aspiring AP chemistry exammers is to buy as many books with practice exams as you can and take as many full length exams as possible, they are the most helpful tool that you can find, and the princeton review offers this exceptionally.

4-0 out of 5 stars decent review
This book deserves credit for being concise, but comes up short on the coverage of some areas, such as descriptive chemistry. In addition, it has some material that is no longer on the AP test, such as root mean square speed of a gas molecule. Nevertheless, this review is about as good as it gets for any test prep company. Buy this book. ... Read more


6. REA's AP US History Test Prep with TESTware Software
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Research & Education Association
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Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Weigh your options
Nobody's going to kid you, AP U.S. History is a tough class. If you're looking to do really well, you're probably going to have to work hard all year preceding the exam. Choosing a test-prep book is a confusing process, considering the myriad options. Your first step to doing well is buying this book. I've flipped through every other test-prep book out there; none come anywhere close to being this comprehensive. Instead of memorizing facts that may or may not be on the test (your sorry luck if they're not!), this book will give you enough information to understand the course of events, making it easier to deduce a correct answer within the options presented. If you give yourself enough time to actually review all of the material in the book, there will be no surprises on the test. The practice tests will over-prepare you if anything (I wasn't doing particularly well on any of them, but I managed a 5 on test day). Just a note, if you're looking to save a few dollars, consider the edition without the computer software. It might be easier to point and click while you're reviewing, but that option won't be there when the proctor hands you the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Concise and Effective
With one week left before the 2001 A.P. U.S. History exam, I picked up a copy of this book at a local bookstore. The most helpful feature of this book is the outline of all of the important material that you need to know for the test. The textbook used in school was very wordy; with the outline, I got the bottom line right away. I ended up with a 4 on the exam, so I was very satisfied. Now, I did have to work throughout the school year, but this book definately made it easy to review.

One warning...while the sample tests are helpful in reviewing, don't use them as a guide to determine how well you'll do on the test. The ones in book tended to be more detailed than the actual test.

4-0 out of 5 stars AP sophmore
i took this as a sophmore and we didn't have an official class but i had a pretty good teacher, the book was pretty good for looking up events and the tests were really helpful because they explained all the answers and essays. there wasn't any index though so you have to look up things using the chronology. i don't reccommend buying the version with the CD Rom because some of the tests are the same. i passed the AP anyways =)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what they seem to say!
Alright, everyone has been praising this book and it is obviously because they have a LOT of dedication. I bought this book from amazon and was extremely excited. I opened it up and my jaw DROPPED! It is comprehensive, but that's not why I was shocked. IT IS DOWN RIGHT BORING. If you're like me, you need something to keep you awake. I love test prep that works and that's is why I am warning you to stay away.
Yeah, it has information, but not even as comprehensive as Peterson's or Princeton Review's. The sections were very minor and didn't have much detail on certain events. There were no practice questions after sections! I guess I would buy it for the practice tests but even those weren't great. Check out Arco, Kaplan, of Princeton Review. Any Barron's or REA book is horrible (even the format was boring:just plain paragraphs, no margins, sidenotes, concentrated material, jokes, pictures).

5-0 out of 5 stars Best one out there!!!
this book by far is the best US AP review book out there! I took the AP class and didn't have that great of a teacher... we were on WWI during AP time.. and by reading this book, I got all the necessary info on WWII, veitnam/coldwar also, that we hadn't covered in class.
Personally speaking you don't even need to read the textbook ( I had bailey's American Pageant) which was simply bad. This book overs all the needed info, and nothing that is not required!
Buy it, read the whole thing, take one or two practice tests and you are sure to get atleast a 3/4!
believe me you won't regret getting REA. ... Read more


7. Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2004-2005 (Cracking the Ap World History Exam)
by Monty Armstrong, David Daniel, Abby Kanarek, Alexandra Freer
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-03)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 12081
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP World History Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know aboutworld history–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the AP World History Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Focus on the key ideas and information by using the History Review,
structured to help you wade through thousands of facts
-Nail the essay questions by learning how to compare and contrast
across civilizations and through the centuries
-Learn time-tested Princeton Review techniques for answering multiple-
choice questions and acing essays
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP World History tests. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever
I'm a junior and I decided to self-study the AP World History in January. As it turned out, I was inundated with work until, say, last week. Basically, I had barely started studying. I got this book, skipped a few days of school, and studied VERY hard. Today I took the exam, and I'm about 99% sure I got a 5. I knew more facts than I could care to write down, I knew dates, I knew the essay topics. This book was so well-organized that I was pull off all of that in under a week, however, I still have another six APs to go :(

5-0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GOOD REVIEW GUIDE!
Today I took the AP World History Exam for 2004. Thanks to this book, I felt like I had ABSORBED world history into my brain. It provides a very good detailed AND easy to understand review. However I feel that I crammed in the last review pages of this book in on the last minute so I couldn't learn all of the info. But overall, if you don't procrastinate, this is an EXCELLENT study guide. It also provides two practice tests and some really good advice on how to bust through the essay questions in an organized way. Plus, it includes some sample essay questions. I would highly recommend buying this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Superb, Concise!
As a sophomore taking AP World History, I know first-hand that there is a lot of information to memorize and understand before taking the exam. Myself overwhelmed, I purchased this book two months before the exam, hoping to gain confidence and to consolidate my knowledge of world history into a clearer, more organized understanding of what I would need to know for the exam.
While I would assume that this book is best when used with a year-long course, I'd even say that it could be used for independent study. True, this book does not delve into the unnecessary details of each event in history, for if it did it would be thousands of pages long and would likely accomplish little more than a dense textbook does. However, all major events are covered, along with every major civilization and occurrence.
Additionally, the Princeton Review managed to employ the use of every-day vocabulary to make difficult topics much easier to conquer.
The use of bolding to emphasize the most important names, terms, and events really helped me to organize my own knowledge and to focus on the most important information.
I have skimmed other AP World History review books, such as Peterson's and Barron's, but I do feel that the Princeton Review's is the most helpful and conveniently written.
Overall, this book has truly helped me to feel more confident and prepared for the exam. It has proven an invaluable learning tool for me, and hopefully it will help me to reach my ultimate goal on the AP World History Exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars The big picture of world history
This book, of course, doesn't cover many details, yet it gives you a sense of what has been happening throughout the history. Anybody either takes the AP World History, or wants to have a preview of world history should take a look at this book. I recommend it.

Note: Very easy to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best AP World History Study Guide There Is
Cracking the APWH Exam is easily the best of the study guides for APWH out there and I've tried them all. For one thing, the author, Monty Armstrong, actually teaches the course and is an experienced APWH Table Leader at the readings (unlike the authors of the other study guides who, as far as I can tell, have no experience with the AP history programs). It's written in a lively style and a lot of practical advice. Very well done. ... Read more


8. Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC Exam, 2004-2005 (Princeton Review Series)
by David S. Kahn
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about calculus–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Score higher by reviewing key calculus concepts
-Earn more points by familiarizing yourself with the format of the test
-Safeguard yourself against traps that can lower your score
-Perfect your skills with review questions in each chapter
This book includes 5 full-length practice AP Calculus tests. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Covers everything you need.
I have used this book for extra preparation for AP Calculus AB exam, besides taking the course at school.

I took my exam a few days ago (and I did very well), and I must say the book covered everything that was tested. A weakness, however, would be that it is hard to determine which of the chapters refer to AB and which - to BC (yet this is not impossible, since the book contains a list of topics where this info is indicated).

The explications of topics are easy to follow and understand. Also, if you use this book, you'll sure have enough practice exercises for each and every topic, as well as 3 Practice AB Calc tests (full size) and 2 BC Calc tests.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best book for review.
This book was very difficult to follow. It contains both AB and BC sections, but does not specify which sections are which. It is difficult to see where they are headed much of the time, as if they are rambling with no direction. I found it to be very unhelpful and confusing. It was wordy and complicated. I often felt like the authors were trying to impress me with their knowledge when all I wanted was a clear, concise review! I recommend the Cliff Notes instead, which is about half the size and much easier to read and understand. ... Read more


9. English Literature and Composition (Cliffs AP)
by AllanCasson
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CliffsAP English Literature and Composition, 2nd Edition provides you with an introduction to the *Advanced Placement Program's format and grading, along with detailed analysis of question types and answers. The book includes four full-length practice exams with full explanations for all multiple-choice answers and sample essay responses with analysis.

To really make your advanced level of study pay off, learn how to take the test in a way that will earn you the most credit. This guide to the *AP English Literature and Composition Examination will help you maximize the fruits of your study.

 

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best English AP Prep book
By far the best English AP preparation book - even better than the first edition. It brings everything up to date and adds good new practice exams. Unfortunately, it costs more. ... Read more


10. Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
by Kim Magloire
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Biology Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about biology–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the AP Biology Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
-Improve your score by knowing in advance what biology topics are most
likely to be tested
-Memorize complicated biology concepts using simple techniques
-Use the Three-Pass System to get the most out of your time
-Ace the Essay section by practicing on our sample essay questions
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3-0 out of 5 stars Overall a good book
This book is a good review for what you need to know for the Biology exam. My AP class used it in the weeks approaching the test for after school study and we were successful in preparing. The only problem we came across was that many of the answers to the multiple choice questions are incorrect. It is advisable to use your text to look up any answer that you are unsure about. If you are only going to buy one review for AP Biology, I would encourage you to purchase Cliffs AP instead. Cliffs actually helped me prepare for in class tests...Campbell is insanely hard to understand and Cliffs will break it down for you. I used that for my own independent study and found the review and the questions to be more comparable to the actual AP exam. However, consider this book when you buy your study materials for the exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars A solid and throughout review of the material
Ok, I need to be honest here, I took an AP BIO class they year that I took the test (2003-2004). However, because of the immense amount of material, it is impossible to remember all the stuff for the SAT 2 test. The book gives a very good review. Sometimes the book dwelves too much into topics which are not as important as others, but overall, if you took some biology course in school and know the material in general, but still want to get an 800 on the test :), buy this book!
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11. How to Prepare for the AP U.S. Government and Politics
by Curt Lader
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Updated to include references to the Clinton White House years and the Bush-versus-Gore presidential election, this manual presents two model AP exams with answer keys and explanations, plus an extensive topic review. Topics covered include an overview of U.S. Constitutional development from its origins to the present day, as well as an analysis of government institutions—the presidency, the congress, the judiciary, and the attendant bureaucracy. Also covered is a summary of the American political process, how it functions, and updated reviews of major public policy issues—the economy, the federal budget, social welfare and entitlements, environmental issues, the conduct of foreign policy, and national defense. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed...
Let me get this out in the kindest words: this book is bad.

I have used review books for AP/Regents exams to great success in the past, and Barron's and Princeton Review are very trusted names. However, this is just horrible...almost.

Let's take a look:
-Each chapter is well-written and informative, and covers exactly what my textbook did very well. Good job here.
-The sample multiple choice questions at the end of chapters are, for the most part good, though some are too easy, and some have a horrible selection of answers. The descriptions of the right answers are average, at best.
-The sample essay QUESTIONS are good, though they ask to know some pretty specific stuff, but they're good to think about to help prepare for the exam.
-The sample essays: absolutely, unforgivably bad. My first problem is that they are too exact: "...was first mentioned in Ronald Reagan's State of the Union Address on January 25, 1982". I'm sorry, but who is actually using such a fact on the actual AP exam? There have been other examples too, such as citing the name of a mayor from Chicago from 20 years ago...we're supposed to know these things? I think not. However, what compelled me to speak out against this book was the sample essays in Chapter 11. These are, in every meaning of the word, horrible. The first one is a pretty good response to the question, but the analysis offered by the author is terrible...his analysis of the thesis says it is clear (which it is), but claims it is one thing, when it is in fact another. He then draws conclusions from the sample essay that are far-fetched, and are never mentioned in the essay. Furthermore, the essay itself only partially answers the question. The second essay is ridiculous. He is writing from a graph of party identification, and though he cites some good facts, they contradict the graph. For example, he claims that after Watergate, the number of people calling themselves independents increased. A logical conclusion, but the graph shows the complete opposite...that LESS people called themselves independent after 1976. That is inexcusable. Further, the essay is poorly structured, and offers average answers to the question asked.

There have been many examples of overly-precise, badly worded, and just flatout incorrect ideas in the sample essays offered by the author. This is unacceptable in a book designed to prepare the highly motivated student for a difficult exam...it is not fair to the student putting in the effort to do well, to confuse him, and to give him a poor impression of what a good essay is. Further, it is pretty sad that as a student myself, I can point out Mr. Lader's ineptitude.

Overall, I would say, if you can get a deal from your teacher to get this book for $10 or less, then get it, read the chapters and do the questions at the end. Skip his essays, they will just frustrate you. I have yet to even do the practice exams at the end, but I am sincerely hoping they're much better than what I have seen from Mr. Lader through 11 chapters. I paid $10 for this, but personally, I want my money back.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful studyguide
I've checked out other study guides, but this one was the most comprehensive. The author makes history seem very simple and easy to understand. I've done really well on the sample tests. My little sister even used it to study for her high school history exam. I highly suggest it to anyone taking the AP exam. ... Read more


12. Cracking the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about politics and government–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam.There’s a big difference. In Cracking the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
-Score higher on the Multiple-Choice section by using the chronological
arrangement of questions as clues
-Crack the Essay section by knowing the right way to organize your answers
-Earn more points by reviewing the government concepts most likely to be tested
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP U.S. Government & Politics exams. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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13. How to Prepare for the AP Chemistry
by Neil D., Ph.D. Jespersen
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Updated to reflect the most recent tests, this manual presents two diagnostic tests and three full-length practice tests, all with questions answered and explained. A chemistry review covers the structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, physical chemistry, chemical reactions, and all other topics tested on the Advanced Placement test. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Chem Prep Book With Moles of Info!
As a first year chemistry student in high school, I decided to take the AP class for a challenge. Since I am an above average student, I figured that I could take the class. The summer before that year, I bought this book for extra practice during the year so I could at least pass the class. Not only did I pass the class, but my 95% was enough of a sign for me to try to go for the AP test. This book's practice tests gave me an edge on the test that fellow students failed to utilize. After taking the exam, I ended up with a grade of 4.
That should be proof enough that this book is a great prep tool. Any chem student should buy it to help for class tests and work too. The chapter exams were thourough and gave me possible test questions that I might have never encountered. They also included in-depth explanations.
Get the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very recommended!
I took AP Chemistry and although my teacher was good, he could not explain certain concepts such as Redox!! I found this book was very useful in REVIEWING concepts (not for learning new things) as it explained things quite clearly and simply. Certain information is not important, but if used effectively, this book is excellent. The book offers a lot of AP style questions after each section, which are very helpful, but the explanations to the answers are not good. They merely tell the answer, instead of explaining them, which is the worst aspect of the book. However, it has many review techniques which are useful, especially practice exercises and questions. I recieved a five on the AP exam, and although this book is not the only thing that got it for me, it was extremely helpful in reviewing before the exam. I would also use this for reviewing during the year for tests! However, if you wait until the day before the exam, any book you use, no matter what, will not get you the grade, so start at least two weeks early and do a few chapters a day. I hope this review was helpful and GOOD LUCK with AP CHEM!

2-0 out of 5 stars Greek When Greek Isn't Necessary
AP Chemistry is a difficult subject to study, and the AP exam is even harder to conquer. The last thing that one needs when preparing for the AP exam is a review book with so much extraneous information that it becomes burdensome to students. Unfortunately, this Barron's book is long on such useless information and short on helpful test-taking strategies. Most students will find that this book's inclusion of every detail presented since the first day of general chem as amounting to nothing more than a waste of trees. Additionally, this book is so replete with info that simply doesn't need to be known that it succeeds in stressing out even the most confident of test-takers.

A quality review book presents a brief outline of concepts relevent to the exam and equips students with the strategies vital to exam success. This book does neither. I have no doubt that a student who thoroughly studies and memorizes this book will score well; I also have no doubt that doing so would be absolutely unnecessary when more efficient means of review could otherwise be employed. I did a thorough review of my class notes and worked problems from retired AP exams to prepare for the test. This book was a required part of our class's test prep, but I found the exercises so tedious and irrelevant that I ended up not using the book more than I was required to -- and still scored a 5. I strongly advise AP Chemistry students considering purchasing this book to look for an easier, faster way to effectively prepare for the Advanced Placement Examination.

3-0 out of 5 stars So Many Mistakes-NOT RELIABLE
I have a lot to say on THIS BOOK. Although this book was useful for cramming info into my brain, I hated all the mistakes that were so often found throughout the book. Besides, the practice tests they give you is harder than the real AP. I would NOT recommend this book to you. (I got a five on the test)

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK! By a not-so-science high school senior
Well, I was very stressed out about the AP chemistry Test . Barrons AP World history book had prepared me very well last year so i decided to take a chance. Not only did the book prepare me psychologically, but it also actualyl taught me the material that sometimes got left out of the course.It paid attention to details and did provide me with a great sense of confidence in the material. The diagnostic and practice tests were in fact harder than the actual ap test, but encourage me to keep on studying and know the material. i believe that Barron's provides tests that are harder than the AP test to provide raise your goals high so you can totally do amazing on the AP test. The book had everything that I could possibly ever know and i still use it as a reference guide today. it is very useful. I only wish i had boughtit sooner to aid me along in my chemistry class throughout the year. ... Read more


14. Cracking the AP Economics Macro & Micro Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
by David Anderson
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Economics Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about economics–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference.In Cracking the AP Economics Macro & Micro Exams, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Score higher by reviewing the economics concepts most likely to be tested
-Safeguard yourself against traps that can lower your score
-Crack the free-response questions by learning to make
graphs that work for you
-Perfect your skills with review questions in each chapter
This book includes 2 full-length practice tests, one each for the macroeconomics and microeconomics exams. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know, and nothing more.
We don't have economics at my school, but it's my intended college major.

Using THIS BOOK ALONE, I made note cards, went over them, and got a 4 on the Micro exam in my junior year. If I'd put in a little more effort, I'd have gotten a 5 (didn't begin studying until mid-April). I'm going to take the Macro this May.

There is a really clear review of all the concepts you need to know, presented exactly as they will appear on the test. It's concise, straightforward, and explicates the necessary graphs. For extra Free Reponse practice, check the AP website.

I'd strongly recommend it. ... Read more


15. Cracking the AP English Literature Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
by Princeton Review, Douglas, Jr. McMullen
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP English Literature Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about English literature–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the AP English Literature Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test writers and
-Ace the reading passage questions by using clues in the answer choices
-Conquer difficult poetry and prose passages by zeroing in on the main idea
-Safeguard yourself against traps that can lower your score
-Score higher by learning the essential concepts from our new glossary of
literary terms
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP English Literature tests. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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16. Chemistry (Cliffs AP)
by Gary S.Thorpe
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Designed for high school students enrolled in *Advanced Placement programs or students taking the *AP exams, CliffsAP guides are direct, precise, easy to use, and ideal for classroom use and test preparation. This helpful guide contains:

  • A review of key chemistry concepts and terms for each subject area covered
  • A math self-test to help students identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Study tips and strategies for approaching multiple-choice and chemistry essays

 

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3-0 out of 5 stars It's not the best...
I could go off and brag about how well I did on the exam and then say it was all because of this or that. I'm going to skip that and get straight down to it. It is like a formula sheet. This book is great if you understand what the equations are for. If you don't, you might consider another book. Currently I haven't found a book that contains a better description of the labs, so if you haven't had much experience in the lab before the AP test you might need this book. (BTW question 5 on free response is a lab question. It draws the questions from one of the 22 labs you were suppose to do in the course. If your school is anything like mine you won't do more than 14 or 15.) But again it is a bookl that focuses on the equations, which is silly seeing how the multiple choice section doesn't allow you to use a calculator. (Most of the questions on my test in the m.c. were concept. Those that were calculations were basic and the equations needed were so simple you'd shoot yourself if you didn't know them.) Buy the book for the labs if you need that review, otherwise don't buy it at all. In case you're curious i got a 4 on the test (i followed the crowd). It's always that equilibrium problem that gets you!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for getting me a 5!
Wow. This book is excellent. I had a chemistry teacher who refused to do any lab with us the entire year. We didn't even have a lab room. It was a normal classroom with no sinks or anything. I'm really good at chemistry, but I was really worried about getting a 4 because I had absolutely no lab experience. But, I read part of this book like a week before the AP test and then I totally crammed the labs in the day before the test. Now cramming doesn't normally work for me, but it worked this time! It was like a miracle. I knew every lab question. If it wasn't for this book, there is no way I could have gotten a 5. If you have good lab experience, this book may be of no help to you. But if you haven't done a lab at all in your chemistry class, you want a 5 on the AP test, and you don't want to deal with all the hard to find chemicals and perform every lab at home, then YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK! It will get you a 5 like me. I also recommend Princeton Review AP Chemistry.

1-0 out of 5 stars Remotely helpful? I think not.
I bought this book to help me, as I'm not the best in the chemistry department. If you are in a similar situation, do not buy this book. It has an extremely minimal amount of actual study material, and even skips over some topics completely, even after listing them in the 'key terms' section at the front of the chapter. Shouldn't a study book actually define the key term rather than leave you to look it up and study it from other sources? You might buy it thinking it looks kind of good, but then the week before a big intermolecular forces test, find out that it doesn't mention so much as a sentence on the topic.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a good help!
This book is not very good mainly due to the fact that it doesn't explain what it needs to when it comes to a topic. The book does not go as indepth as it needs to go to get the complete concept across. Instead I would request the REA AP Chemistry beceause it allows you to practice with 5 Practice Tests, and then goes over every answer individually to explain what you did wrong. It is a much better study aid.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I would expect from Cliffs
I would only buy this book to supplement the Barron's AP Chemistry prep book. It really doesn't have any reading material on any of the subjects. It presents everything in bullet form and just lists the equations and key words. No explanations here. Plus the answers and work to the practice problems are shown right below the question, which I did not like. I did use it as a quick reference guide for qualitative analysis stuff, and the effects of ions on the pH of solutions. I used it to review for electrochem also. Some people like the extensive lab chapter, but I didn't really look at it. If I ever forgot the equation for something or needed to look something simple up I would go straight to the Cliffs AP. But for more in depth studying or preparing for tests, I would use the Barron's. I got a 5 and owe it more to the Barron's book then the Cliffs. ... Read more


17. Economics Micro & Macro (CliffsAP)
by RonaldPirayoff
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The fast and user-friendly way to better prepare for *AP economics exams for college credit, this useful book is comprised of test preparation materials for both the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics tests. CliffsAP Economics Micro & Macro helps all levels of test-takers achieve more successful results on the micro or macro AP economics test, or both tests.

 

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18. Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
by Tom Meltzer, Jean Hofheimer Bennett
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP U.S. History Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about U.S. history–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference.In Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
-Earn more points by reviewing and mastering the U.S. history concepts most
likely to be tested
-Score higher on the Multiple-Choice section by using the chronological
arrangement of questions as a clue
-Crack the document-based question by knowing the right way to
organize your essay
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP U.S. History tests. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review
A great way to review for the APs. It is summarized in ways that are extremely easy to understand. Plenty of maps and cartoons. Explains the actual AP test and has great sample tests (multiple choice, DBQ, & FRQ), plus all the answers and bullet-style options for the essays. I strongly recommend this book!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Content is okay, but watch out for errors!
The general content of the book is good for a general review, but make sure you watch for errors in the practice tests. Many of the answers listed in the answer keys are incorrect. Double check with another source or your history teacher if you aren't sure about a particular question; if you think you're correct and the book says otherwise, you're probably the one that's correct!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book
I had ok history teachers...but are we seriously supposed to remember everything? Well I crammed this book in the few days before the test. The review of History they have is brief enough for you to skim yet thorough enough to start the DBQ or essay with. Questions on the AP Exam were like they were straight out of this book's text. Definitely buy this book and read it over a few times and your guaranteed a five. ... Read more


19. 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations: Biology (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)
by MarkAnestis, GraceFreedson
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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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Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Steps to a 5 Delivered as Promised
I absolutely loved this book. I am much more english-oriented and had only taken AP Biology to look good on college applications. However, a friend of mine talked me into buying this book and I couldn't believe how helpful it was. I think that I completely knocked my teacher's socks off when I scored a 5 on the exam after a whole year of strugging. You need to put some time into studying... but this book is definitely the way to go. I'll thank Mark Anestis every day for the next four years when I don't need to take a science course at College. Anyone who wants to get a five should invest in this book and spend some quality time with Mark!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very helpful and easy to read review book
This book helped me pass the 2002 AP bio exam with a 4. I would definatly recomend this book to anyone who is taking the AP test or just wants to better understand the more advanced concepts of biology. It outlines all the information that is covgered on the bio test, and it gives you all the stuff you know for the test without bogging you down with excess info. The diagrams are very helpful, and familiar if you use the text Biology, 4th edition by Neil Campbell. I relied heavily on this book to get me thru the test, as my teacher didn't do much teaching, and I got the results I was looking for.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay- but gave false info
I soley used this book and ended up getting a 3 on the exam without spending as much time as they recommended. In the lab section they said outright that we would never have to do a chi square problem on the test- but it was an essay question. If you have a good teacher, have a school that will allow you to do the labs, and are willing to study hard; then by all means use this book. If you don't then I recomend using a more extensive book to learn the material, not just give an overview.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book
I have used this book alot in the past year, sometimes as a main source for information. It is the best study guide out there for AP Biology, as it really teaches you the complex topics, without making you memorize and not learn. Analogies and practical applications make hard concepts remarkably easy to grasp. I would highly reccommend this book to both the A+ student and those who need support. This book is a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Review book I have ever used
This was the best AP Biology book I used. I highly recommend it! ... Read more


20. 5 Steps to a 5 on the AP: Writing the AP English Essay (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)
by BarbaraMurphy
list price: $16.95
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Asin: 0071411100
Catlog: Book (2003-12-10)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 44633
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This blueprint to acing the essay uses real-life situations, exam approximated experiences, simulated practices, humor, and examples from various subject areas to define exactly what comprises a first-rate AP essay. It also presents the four modes of discourse, explaining how each is used on the AP essay portion of the exam, and examines the basic rhetorical strategies and techniques with samples and practice activities.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ace the Exam!
This is an excellent review workbook for AP English writing exams. As a high school AP teacher, I am using this as a textbook in my junior and senior English classes with much success. The text is easy to read and very visual; that is, important points are highlighted, while activities are clearly noted with eye-catching icons. Most importantly, information found in this text is accurate and pertinent. Topics include modes of discourse (narration, exposition, etc.), rhetorical strategies and devices, in addition to vocabulary work, rubrics for scoring, etc. Adequate explanation and practice activities are provided, as well as sample student essays and AP exam questions. HIGHLY recommended for both students and teachers alike! ... Read more


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