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Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2012 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – August 2, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0375427237 ISBN-10: 0375427236 Edition: 2012 Edition

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  • Series: College Test Preparation (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; 2012 Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375427236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375427237
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I never thought I could memorize so much information even if I had a year to learn it!
Winn Huynh
This book is really handy because it internalizes the major eras of all the periods covered by the AP Exam.
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This book was extremely helpful to my son who was preparing to take the AP US History test.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 24, 2011
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Taking three AP courses this year, I figured I ought to purchased study guides for each. These Princeton Review books are worth every penny. A large portion of the book is simply a summary of all the topics covered in the exam. Need to know what happened in the War of 1812? This book covers it, straight and to the point. No frills or "wasted reading" that you seem to get from some textbooks. Definitely a huge help in conjunction with the texts. Not to mention there are 2 full practice tests to make sure you're on track.

At only $12 or so, there is no reason not to get this. Couple it with another study guide and something to get free shipping too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Isaac on June 8, 2010
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I recently took an AP US History course and bought this book on previous experience with the AP World History book (which I got a five in).

This book is really handy because it internalizes the major eras of all the periods covered by the AP Exam. I found it particularly useful for the essay questions on the AP Test. However, I would discourage anyone from using this book if they are learning things from scratch without taking a history course. It's much better to take an accompanying US History course as this book tends to be more broad than others. Also, the "important" terms are bolded and indexed, making it extremely easy to search for specific terms in a period.

EDIT: 10/9/2011
I got a 5 in the AP US History exam too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cole on June 2, 2012
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I would like to start off by saying that this is probably the best APUSH test review booklet that you are going to find. It's not perfect and does have some flaws, but this one is by far the most helpful.

It features a very long, somewhat in-depth review of everything that happened in American history that could be covered on the test. It breaks up all the information into three categories; social, political and economic. Because of this, it tries to focus on the more important aspects that will be on the test. Some of the downfalls to this method is, that while it does a very nice job of giving an overarching picture of a time period, it sometimes misses certain events. For the most part this is all right, because it focuses on the things that tend to be more important on the test itself.

It also includes a section explaining certain trends and tips on how to take the test and understand the way it is working. It explains how to answer multiple choice questions, which most AP students should already know how todo. But what is very helpful, are the sections on the DBQ and FRQ. It explains specifically what the graders are looking for in an essay and how to structure it in the given amount of time. This is one of the most helpful things about the book, as most test takers weak points are the essay's.

The test also includes many many many sample questions at the end of each chapter to help you review what you just reviewed. Also in the back are two full tests, and it includes answers.

The only problem that I see with this book, is that while it is extensive, it alone is not enough to get a 4 or 5 on the AP test.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jade Marie on May 17, 2012
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The review in this book is a LIFESAVER! I didn't have a very good teacher, so 3 days before the test I was in a panic. I bought this, and read the entire review. I truly believe that this book gave me the info I needed to pass the exam. I haven't received my scores yet, but I knew most of the multiple choice and all the essays because of what I read in this book. AMAZING.

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I got a 4 on the exam, so 3 days with this book gave me a 4 on one of the harder AP exams. Princeton Review is the best!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By frequentbaker on April 10, 2012
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The Princeton Review is comprehensive and user friendly. As an AP history Teacher I use it in class every year to review for the test. The short synopsis of each time period followed by a quiz, terms for students to fill in, and several full length tests make this guide hard to beat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Holcomb on May 11, 2012
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Since APUS was the only AP class I took this year, I decided to take it seriously.

So I got four AP review books. (Barrons, REA, Princeton Review, and 5 Steps to a 5).

And, after having read all of them, and having taken the AP test, I can affirm that this is the BEST one. Nothing helped me study as well as the Princeton Review did. Seriously. It helped me review the period of time between November and February when I don't think I learned anything. It really helped me with my DBQ and FRQs. It has all the accurate information.

My only complaint is that the practice tests are based on practice tests released by the College Board, so there was no variety. BUT other than that it was amazing. I cannot overemphasize how helpful this book was. It got me from a 3 to a 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Gu on September 18, 2009
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This is a good book to have for AP. History. The first one to get is actually AMSCO, the 2nd one is REA, this is the 3rd one. It;s still really good though. The information part is not that much, but there's practice tests really useful for AP exam prep, not that great for your AP class.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on September 26, 2010
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This was actually a fun read, compared to the textbook. Unfortunately, I feel like this book did not focus enough on the actual facts that you needed to memorize for the AP Exam. It didn't help much that they didn't give you definitions for the vocabulary review list near the end, and instead tell you to define them yourself, which may not be possible if you are short on time. I felt that the multiple choice on the AP Exam were actually somewhat easier than these, but then near number 60, gained difficulty. The FRQs and DBQs on the AP Exam were relatively easy too, but I still got a 2 on the exam. So, I don't know. But I saw most of my classmates using AMSCO's book, and I knew one girl who got a 4 with it, so it's probably better.
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