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5 Steps to a 5 AP US History, 2012-2013 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series) 4th Edition

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  • Series: 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071752137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071752138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MCS1968 on May 5, 2012
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I am an AP US History instructor. Overall this is an excellent review book. HOWEVER, it is very light on some essential topics that the AP US History exam covers extensively. There is very little on early women's history including the concept of separate spheres, republican motherhood, the cult of domesticity, and the Seneca Falls convention. While the reform movement of the 1840s is covered, there is not enough emphasis on the topic. These subjects have surfaced regularly and in depth on previous AP exams in FRQs and DBQs. In addition, he does not mention the key 16 themes that the AP course now stresses and this review guide should include at least a mention all of the topics in the suggested outline published by College Board. Several of the 16 themes are hardly covered (such as the environment) and some topics in the outline are missing such as American Romanticism and art schools (Hudson River School, Ash Can School) which have also come up in released exams and essay topics. In addition, there are several factual errors such as the one on p. 128 which confuses the Missouri Compromise with the Compromise of 1850 under the "Rapid Review Guide" section as well as typos that editing should have caught (ex: Whyte's book The Organization Man is referred to as The Organizational Man on p. 259).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tiredofschool on April 16, 2012
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I bought this book towards the middle of my AP US History course to study for a midyear Exam. The book is very well organized.
Pros:
- I liked the tips the book gave for answering MC questions and writing essays.
- At the end of every chapter, there are multiple choice questions. These questions are very good; they are similar to AP style questions.
- I like the "Things you need to know to score a 5" section at the end of every chapter, which is basically a bullet point list of the content in that chapter in a nutshell.
- The practice tests are pretty good in terms of matching AP level and style questions.

Cons:
- The 5 step process is a bit unnecessary as they are just common sense!
- The majority of the book is content review of US History, which I feel is extremely boring because of the long narrations. The lack of charts and images really makes reading very boring.
- However, my one complaint is that the end-of-chapter multiple choice questions have answers are directly underneath the questions!!I can't help but look at the answer letter (in bold) directly underneath choice E of the question.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2012
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This book is wonderful preperation for the AP exam. Everything about it is great except one thing. In the post chapter questions, the answers for each is placed directly under each question which makes it really hard to effectively use them. Its almost impossible to look at choice E wothout noticing the answer.
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I am a high-school APUSH student.

I bought the book one month or so prior to the College Board Exam. I went through one of the several reading schedules and completed it just during the duration from purchase to May 15. I was able to complete the 500 page book several times, which gave great summaries for the time frames in the book. Heck, I was even able to skim the whole book the night before my practice exam, the whole 80 multiple choice, a DBQ, and two FRQs, with my teacher.

The whole book is well-done all together. The eras are well described, there is plenty of vocabulary and full glossary, it gives practice exams and a diagnostic exam as well.

The only problem I had with the book was the multiple choice questions. I feel like having the questions at the end of the chapter is a great idea, but they are weak questions and the answers are directly below the questions, making it difficult to truthfully answer the review questions on your own.
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By Elle on August 8, 2013
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5 Steps to a 5 was the perfect study guide to prepare me for my AP exam. The practice multiple choice tests were the perfect difficulty, and the history review chapters, which were short and to the point, covered the essentials of American history and were extremely helpful when it came time to review everything before the test! I would highly recommend this to any AP student that is looking for a straightforward, easy-to-use, and highly informative test prep to accompany material being learned in class. I studied this book cover to cover and got a 5 on the AP test.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on August 13, 2012
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I bought this book at the beginning of the school year and didn't use it much. As exam time approached I realized how unprepared I was. So I decided I should crack open this book and take a look. Literally 2 weeks before the exam I began reading it over. And after reading all the summaries three times through, It was exam time. I got my score back and ended up with a 4! I must admit that since I was so ill prepared that I would not have passed without this extremely helpful guide.
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I love 5 steps to a 5, and am confident that these books helped me earn passing marks on all my exams, with high enough scores to be an AP Scholar!
The reviews are great! In every case, including AP USH, practice essays in the book were ON the exam!!! Great practice! This book explains everything you need to know in an easy to understand way! If you're taking AP USH you NEED this book!
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