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

ISBN-13: 978-0375427244 ISBN-10: 0375427244 Edition: 2012th

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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; 2012 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375427244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375427244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Had useful information and did help with our daughter's AP class . . . . . . . . .
pen name
The chronological organization makes the material very easy to understand and keep track of.
TheRealist
If you're in AP World History, or self-studying, this is the book to get for the AP exam.
P. George

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By daydreamer on August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
After looking at several different brands of review books for this past year when I took AP World History, I decided on this one. It was more concise than other review books (more big picture, some detail but not as much) and it was recommended by both my teacher and other students. I like it because it focused on the big ideas instead of tiny little details. This was so helpful because if you only know lots of small details, they may not even be on the test. If you understand the big picture that connects all those details, you'll do a lot better because it will help you on the essay section (which I was most scared about) and help you figure out detail-oriented multiple choice questions.

I bought the 2011 Edition of this book, and I'm sure the 2012 one is only better. The author has a sense of humor and explains in normal, everyday talk to simplify what the textbook says. The practice tests are very helpful because they're harder than the actual exam was, so if you can work through them you'll be really prepared for the exam.

I got a 5 on the AP world exam, and I know I would not have been able to do it without this book. I learned a lot in class, but this book helped pull it all together. I only wish I had bought it earlier because I think it would have been loads of help to prepare me for each unit test throughout the year (there are 5 units) as well as the actual exam.

If you're taking AP world, GET THIS BOOK! you won't be sorry!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Roohi Shamim on January 25, 2010
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THE COURSE/EXAM:

World History AP, or WHAP, is a college level world history class that tests a student's ability to connect the fundamentals of history under principals such as culture, economy, and political aspects. Students will be required to do conceptual and analytical thinking to link different civilizations with one another. The purpose of this course is not to memorize dates and history, but rather to understand how all civilizations can be linked with TRENDS. You will be required to understand these trends in both the multiple choice and free response portion of the exam, unlike APUSH(AP US History), which requires a great deal of information retention.

At the end of the year, you will take the WHAP exam to determine your knowledge in the class. The exam is composed of 70 multiple choice questions worth 50% of the grade and 3 essays worth 50% of the grade together. The multiple choice questions test aspects of cultures and your knowledge of remembering their differences and similarities, such as How did _______ differ from ________ economically? The free response part has 3 essays: a Document Based Question, a Change over Time Question, and a Compare/Contrast Question. With each essay, you can score from a 0-9, which is based on a rubric I will post below. Getting a 5 on the exam means earning about 70-100% of the maximum allotted points, while a 4 is around 50-70%.

PRINCETON REVIEW:

My world history textbook was an absolute PAIN to read. As a result, I decided to purchase this book to supplement the overall experience for the class. And it helped: significantly.

The book starts off with more info about the WHAP test, such as what to expect and how to answer questions.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. George on July 4, 2009
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If you're in AP World History, or self-studying, this is the book to get for the AP exam.

This past year I took my first AP [sophomore] and was extremely nervous for the exam. My teacher had us highlight and annotate the Barrons book for world history, but I found it really unhelpful. I found Barron's full of unnecessary details that distracted me and made it really difficult for me to concentrate on the vital points that I needed to know. The practice questions at the end of each chapter were too easy of a review.

Scared of getting a 2, I went on amazon to see if any other review book for the test had gotten high ratings. That's when I found Princeton Review's book. Luckily my local library had this book available so I decided to get it quickly.

To be honest, I didn't really read the intro and strategies part in depth as my teacher had done a nice job in telling us how to write the three types of essays. Plus all of our tests this year were AP Multiple Choice style.

So i skipped to the review section which was a decent size. I found it to be organized in chapters; each pertaining to one chunky time period of world history. After reading and taking good notes on the first chapter, I knew this was the right book. I was able to concentrate and really understand the material, and the book gave me several examples of connections I should make. I managed to go through the entire review section in about a month, and the notes that I took served as good reinforcement material.

The author of this book has a style that is understandable, though there are a few corny jokes in between [this actually helps you remember the material!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Will on May 19, 2012
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You can't undermine the helpfulness of this book; its brilliant. The practice tests are great, albeit difficult, and will help ensure a high grade on this torturous exam. All five units of study are included in a informal, witty manner to engross the reader unlike traditional textbooks that make you want to bang your head against the floor.
I recommend those taking this class to finish the book at least 3 weeks prior and finish all practice exams and of course, look at the multiple choice section's explanations. With the difficulty of Princeton's tests, the actually AP exam feels like a cakewalk.
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