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Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – August 6, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0307946188 ISBN-10: 0307946185

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  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307946185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307946188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very well written however, there are some problems with it.
It does not go into every detail regarding the calculus concepts, but it does get the basics down and then give plenty of practice.
Overall, this is a good review book and will certainly help most students to prepare for the Calculus AP exam.
Jim Andrews

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anne Ho on August 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my sophomore year since I'm picking up Multivariable Calculus and wanted a quick review. Moving from Statistics back to Calculus worried me a little bit, but thanks to this book I don't have to dig into my pile of high school notes back home! Although it's been about a year since I've last taken Calculus, this book has been a delight to read! It breaks down all the units/chapters that are covered and provides a lot of rules and shortcuts that I wish I knew back when I took BC! As someone who got a 5 on the AP Exam, I had a terrible time studying from the textbook and was nearly crying because of how dry it was.

If you're in high school and need an extremely thorough, well-explained and informative book, you should look nowhere else but here. The practice problems can shine any rusty skills and help you heaps! I would even recommend going as far as buying this book early on the year to help along with your BC Class. Skimming through the entire book, the units are well-organized and cover mostly everything I learned if not more. Every rule, every formulae, and step is demonstrated and explained. Derivatives were not my cup of tea, and this made them seem like spoonfuls of sugar!

I'm really glad I bought this - best of luck this year, incoming BC-test takers!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By One-Reader on January 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have included portions of my review for the earlier 2009 copy with minor updating as appropriate. I felt this 5 year later version should be even better. (See Bottom Line below.)

Based on my experience, it is possible to complete this book in about eight weeks, working at a comfortable paces.

There are now three new prefatory chapters similar to other recent "Cracking the AP" Princeton study guides in this series. These chapters add little to the study of calculus, which now begins in Part IV, but they they may prove useful to some taking the AP test. They total only about 25 pages. The "meat" of the study guide now starts on page 30.

May I gently suggest considering the paperback rather than the Kindle version. The formulas in the Kindle edition are very small, and difficult to read. Changing to a larger font does not seem to help. This problem is visible even on the latest current Kindle, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9". These Kindle reading difficulties are noticeable throughout, and start at the beginning of the calculus presentation, when limits are introduced. The subscripts for the 'lim' notation, such 'x -> 2' are relatively small in normal use. However, they appear even smaller in the Kindle version. So small that they are, literally, unreadable.

This book provides an outstanding presentation of core topics in applied calculus. Only areas identified by the AP Calculus Development Committee are covered. Narrowing the areas presented to those needed for the exam considerably reduces preparation time. Whether you are taking the AP exam or not, this is an excellent self-study guide to calculus.

The greatest strength of this text is its excellent practice problems sets with fully-worked solutions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Student on July 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book near the beginning of the school year to help me gradually review for my AP Calculus BC exam. That didn't end up happening and I ultimately only gave myself around two weeks to study for the exam. During those two weeks I read the entirety of this book's subject review and made notes on concepts and formulas that I had difficulty remembering. I did a few of the tests that are at the end of the book and found that the difficulty of the questions was comparable to those of the actual AP exam (although the explanations aren't always that thorough). What really ended up helping me, however, was doing timed past free response questions (released by the College Board). My class didn't do any AP practice, so going into the test, the FRQs were what worried me the most. Towards the end of the year, my class also rushed through a lot of the BC material, which left me less than confident for that portion of the exam. I found the actual exam to be quite difficult but ended up getting a 5 on it with a 5 AB subscore, so I am quite pleased! If you have an experience similar to mine, or are just looking for an efficient way to study and practice at the same time, I would definitely recommend using this book's subject review in combination with released test questions and FRQs, and THEN doing the book's sample exams if you have time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bednarsky on July 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a HUGE book. It goes very in-depth, which is great and not so great at the same time. It will take you a while to get through the book. And even then, it is not very helpful for the AP test to just go through the book. For AP test prep, it is good to have a summary of things to make sure you know how to do, etc. This book contains no summary. It is very extensive. Therefore, while this is a great book to have for in-depth coverage of countless AB and BC topics, it needs to be paired with a more concise AP test prep book that will walk you through some test tips and tricks, some of the most commonly used topics, etc.

I found this book very helpful when paired with some practice tests provided by my high school. If there was a topic I needed clarification on, I could trust that this book could help me since it was so in-depth. So get this book, but also get something else!
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