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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought the 2012 version of this book, and it is such a good book. Before every chapter test, I'd read the chapter summaries. They have great timelines too. You can't expect to do well without doing well in the course. If you got a B or A in the course and you use this book throughout the year and for last minute studing for the exam you'll get a 5. I got a C first quarter because I wasn't determined. Second quarter I started using this book and I got a B. Third quarter an A, and fourth quarter a 100% in the class A. Ended up with a 5 on the exam. This goes to show that paying attention in class, reading the textbook and using this book will help you get far. DON'T GIVE UP if you think it's too hard,thats what I thought but I got a five so I know you can do it too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2013
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I was required to buy the Kaplan AP World History Review by my teacher and also had a chance to check out Barron's through a friend. This is better than both. Kaplan treats the material well but the practice questions are a joke. If you think the real AP questions are that easy, then you are deluding yourself. On the other hand, Barron's questions are great but the review is mediocre and much too detailed. Princeton Review, however, strikes a wonderful balance. Sure, there are no review questions after each section, but in the end those aren't really necessary. The review itself is fantastic and covers just the right material while still maintaining a "global" perspective. Of all the books I've tried, the practice questions are by far the most like those of the CollegeBoard's and are definitely perfect practice. Get this book, it got me a 5.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this book as part of my own personal collection for a class I'm currently teaching. I was HORRIFIED to see that there were no review questions after each section. As a teacher and I would imagine as a student for this difficult AP course, review questions are CRUCIAL to figuring out whether or not you got the gist of each section. To not provide review MCQ style questions is just LAZY on Princeton Review's part.

The information is dense and I'm not positive everything is explained really well.

I would NOT recommend this book as an AP World History teacher. I don't really like ANY of the books out there, but for my money, I recommend 5 Steps to a 5 book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
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I bought this book a couple months ago for my AP review class and it really breaks down the information in a way that's easy to understand. It even has some funny jokes and puns which makes it even more fun to read :) I would recommend this if you're taking AP or need to brush up on world history information.
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on July 19, 2013
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Some background: I took world history at my school, but my school does not offer any AP classes so I used this book to help prepare for the 2013 AP exam. I received a 4.

This book contains an introduction explaining the format of the exam, some chapters on essay writing, a review of the subject, and 2 practice tests.

The introduction is helpful if you don't know anything about the exam, but the information can easily be found online. The tips offered are very basic and nothing special.

The essay-writing section does a good job of explaining each of the essays and breaking down the rubric. This was helpful for me as I had no previous experience with DBQ writing or writing the other essays.

The subject review section is good for getting a big picture of the course. It has nice timelines, but I would have liked it to go more in depth. As I was partially self-studying, there were topics I needed to know more on for the exam that were not covered in this book. I did feel like it gave a good overview and pointed out some broad connections.

The practice exams were good - they did a decent job of replicating the AP exam I took. They were sufficient in preparation.

Overall, this book was good for review. One thing that would have been really nice was having questions after every chapter in the subject review section. Other AP World books do have this, and that was a feature I missed. A friend of mine used Barron's to prepare, and I saw that the subject review was much more in depth. Next time I self study, I will use Barron's if it is more in depth. However, if you want a relatively superficial review for your AP exam, this would definitely be helpful.
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on May 30, 2013
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The great thing about this book is that it's more concept-oriented than detail-oriented, which I find very suitable for the AP exam, especially for the essay section.

There is a chapter layout at the beginning of each chapter telling you the big chunks of what you're going to learn before you dive in, so you're not left in the dark.

There are also timelines at the end of each chapter to help you order the big events chronologically.

Furthermore, the lack of excessive detail may seem like a bad thing because you might feel nervous going into the exam not knowing ever little detail, but in terms of efficiency, you're better off spending 10 hours reading through this review than 30 hours reading a detailed review. The long review may give more details, but those extra details will only help on a few, if any, questions. When it comes to AP World, if you know enough about the concepts, you can make very accurate guesses on questions you're not sure about anyways. Plus, the extra hours you would have left over if you chose to use the shorter review would definitely prove to be beneficial, whether you use those hours to take practice tests/essay, or to make flashcards, or to just sleep to give your brain time to rest and heal.

All in all, I feel like the conceptual approach to AP studying is helpful, at least it was for me. I know that if I had just little bits and pieces of info instead of big conceptual chunks, I wouldn't have been able to have solidly structured and comprehensive essays for the exam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2013
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My son used this to prepare for the test and found it very helpful. He got a 5 on his exam.
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on June 23, 2013
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All my students are required to buy this book! At the end of each unit, their assignment is to read that section in the Princeton Guide and tell me what IS in the Princeton Guide that IS NOT in their text book.

Aha! If they read both, their assignment will be quite Short, because all the important facts are here. If they did NOT read their TEXT book, their assignment will drag on and on, so it will be easy for me to correct because the long ones will not have read their text.

The good news is that those who did not read their text WILL be learning information as they do THIS ASSIGNMENT, so it is a Win-win!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book is very readable compared to the monotonous feeling of other review books for world history. However, while their 2012 edition had 4 answer choices per question to reflect the change in the exam (a-d), this book reverts back to the A-E choices, which makes no sense. Also, the questions aren't really an accurate representation of the questions on the exam. But the review section is good.
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on May 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Great way to help me study saw some improvement in my test score as soon as i took my next test
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