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ISBN-13: 978-0738608099 ISBN-10: 0738608092

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Product Details

  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738608092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738608099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CRASH COURSE FOR THE AP* U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS EXAM – GET A HIGHER SCORE IN LESS TIME

Late getting started? Facing too many AP* tests? Use this course to learn the most in the least time!

Study Only What You Need to Know
REA’s Crash Course for the AP* U.S. Government & Politics exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the Advanced Placement* U.S. Government & Politics exam and actual AP* test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exam, so you can make the most of your study time.

Expert Test-Taking Strategies
Developed by an Advanced Placement* teacher with many years of classroom experience, this U.S. Government & Politics Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering both the multiple-choice and free-response questions. By following the author’s expert advice, you can boost your score in every section of the AP* U.S. Government & Politics test.

Key Terms You Must Know
Knowing the right terminology can make a real difference in your AP* score. Our expert advice includes the key terms you need to know before taking the AP* U.S. Government & Politics exam.

Free Practice Exam
Our full-length online U.S. Government & Politics practice exam includes every topic and type of question found on the actual exam. It offers timed testing, automatic scoring, and detailed explanations of answers. Helpful diagnostics pinpoint where you’re strongest and where you need to focus.

About the Author

Larry Krieger earned his B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from Wake Forest University. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Mr. Krieger has taught a variety of AP® subjects including American History, World History, European History, American Government, and Art History. His popular courses were renowned for their energetic presentations, commitment to scholarship, and helping students achieve high AP® exam scores.


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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this study guide to any students taking the AP US GOPO exam!
Wu Chong
There are Test Tips all over the book that point out important distinctions and ideas that you'll need to know specifically for the test.
Longjetty7
It literally took me maybe 5 or 6 hours to go through this book thoroughly and I ended up with a 4 on my exam thanks to this guide.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. on May 5, 2010
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Perhaps I was expecting too much, but this book truly lives up to its name. It is a crash course, something to read a week or two ahead of the test. Although it contains vital information, it does so in a watered-down version. I did have to look some things up on the Internet or the book provided to me from the teacher. Overall, however, this is a great buy, and it is probably the only book on the market that can provide this much useful information in so little pages. My advice would be to not rely on this solely, and do additional research (just to be sure).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Longjetty7 on May 20, 2012
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I love this book so much, and I'm positive that if you get it, you will too. Here is a list of things I like about this book:

1. Concise: At around 180 pages, this is the shortest review book for AP Gov out there. And if you're in a time crunch like I was and decide to start studying the night before the test, you'll have no problem breezing right through it.
2. Organized: The whole book is organized in an easy-to-read bulleted format. Don't worry about trying to plough throw dense paragraphs of information like in the Princeton Review, because everything you need to know is contained in short sound bites.
3. Test-oriented: Of all the review books, REA does the best job analyzing the College Board's course description and previous AP tests to identify topics and patterns that keep coming up. There are Test Tips all over the book that point out important distinctions and ideas that you'll need to know specifically for the test.
4. Key Terms: There are also a few chapters devoted to key terms, topics, and court cases that you absolutely have to know. These are the topics that are the most frequently tested, and even if you only study these topics, you'll be on your way to at least earning a passing grade.

Don't even bother with another review book. Everyone I know who has gone with the Crash Course has gotten a 5.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Prabha Gopinath on June 8, 2012
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I self-studied for the AP US Gov exam using only this book and the McGraw Hill flashcards. This was a fantastically concise book. Everything about it was easy to digest and understand. When I got to the test, I had more knowledge than many of the kids who had taken the actual class. This is by far the best book for reviewing for the exam.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Augustine-Marceil Family on May 26, 2011
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This is an excellent series, don't let the term "crash course" fool you. The book provided a well-researched outline with key concepts and terms. The analysis of topics covered on the previous year's AP test was helpful to prioritize study. Best of class!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick James on August 10, 2011
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This book had everything for my ap exam. My teacher was super boring and droned on and on and on.... basically he didn't help much for the ap exam. In desperate need I looked for a book to help me on the AP exam and I somehow stumbled upon this book. It is THE BEST book for gov and I highly recommend it. Nothing is in here that won't be on the test and the topics are presented succinctly. When test day rolled around I finished the 60 minute multiple choice in about 20 minutes. I breezed through the exam. That is not something many people can say about an AP exam. The results payed off when I got my 5 and my college credit. Take it from me, Rick James, ITS THE BEST. Best way to use this book is to gain a strong understanding of everything presented in this book, it not memorize a good amount of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Voltaire on June 12, 2014
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This is the only reason I knew anything on the AP Government test. If you have a bad teacher or don't understand anything in class, buy this book and study a month before the test and you'll be set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nancy on May 23, 2014
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This is the only prep book you need! I ordered other big books and my son never opened them all year in class then 2 weeks before the AP he decided to study and this told him what to study and was very helpful!! Everything that was actually on the test was covered in here and it was very easy to study from. The only thing they said for a dbq or frq (I can't remember which ) there has never been a question about foreign policy ... well guess what this year there was. But other than that from now on I am only buying these crash course books for AP PREP I'm not wasting money on the big prep books that he will never use...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ENYU XIONG on May 21, 2014
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i just finished my ap exam recently and i found this book is really useful. i just took the exam after reading this book ! it is useful!
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