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Good but some important weaknesses
on July 5, 2012
I am a high-school AP history teacher (U.S. and European.) The author does a fine job with the content review, but does not explain in enough detail the scoring rubric for the DBQ. There is only a brief mention at the bottom of page 37. Students who buy this book hoping to earn a 5 on the exam need to study the chart and explanation provided by the College Board which specifically lists the items that must be present in the core and those that must be included in the expanded core (necessary to earn the top marks.) There is only a brief mention of showing point of view, a critical component of the DBQ. There is also scant reference to treating the visuals in the exam that figure both on the multiple choice and essay questions and now comprise at least 20% of the exam questions. In my opinion, although this is an excellent study guide, it is evident that the author has not actually taught high-school students AP European History and taken them to success at the highest level on that exam even though he may evaluate their exam results for credit at the university where he teaches. While it is true, as he states, that a student does not have to take the AP European course in order to take the exam, VERY FEW high school students will successfully score a "5" simply through their own initiative and independent study. In addition, many school divisions will not permit students to sit for the exam if they have not taken the course.