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AP U.S. History Crash Course (REA: The Test Prep AP Teachers Recommend) Paperback – January 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0738608136 ISBN-10: 0738608130 Edition: Second Edition, Revised

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association; Second Edition, Revised edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738608130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738608136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CRASH COURSE FOR THE AP* U.S. HISTORY 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. History exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the Advanced Placement* U.S. History 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. History Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering the multiple-choice, document-based, and free-response questions. By following the author’s expert advice, you can boost your score in every section of the AP* U.S. History 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. History exam.

Free Practice Exam
Our full-length online U.S. History 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 renown for their energetic presentations, commitment to scholarship, and ability to build high AP® exam scores. All of Mr. Krieger’s students scored above a 3 on their exams, with most students scoring a 4 or a 5.
Mr. Krieger’s success has extended far beyond the classroom. He is the author of several widely used American history, World history and AP® Art history textbooks. In addition, he has also spoken at numerous Social Studies conferences and conducts AP® workshops around the country.

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I read this book the week before the exam and got a 5.
Maggie
The book teaches ONLY what you need to know, which makes it very easy and quick to read.
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I bought this book for the 2013 AP US History Exam and i received a 5!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Tam on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book, I swear, has most definitely earned me a 5 on the 2009 APUSH test.
I personally was probably one of the hardest studiers in my APUSH class (ours wasn't taught well at all), and thus, I developed my own way of taking notes and such. Turns out, I never looked at those notes again seeing as I'm one of those types of people that outline EVERYTHING.

Quite frankly, I'm bad at shortening stuff, however this is where this book came into play. Two weeks before the APUSH test, I bought this book for 12 bucks, and read it through twice. From there I studied parts I needed to know most. It's lightweight, and summarized EVERYTHING into 3-5 facts for every important era/event you need to know. It tells you what you NEED to study, and what you do not, via little side bubbles of notes.

My recommendation, read your APUSH textbook first as to so you can get a general consensus of American history from the beginning to the 1970s (you won't need to know anything past that), and THEN buy this book. From there, start nitpicking the things you know well, and the things you don't know, and try to memorize the things you do not.
This book will really teach you what to study for your next upcoming APUSH test.

I swear, it's what got me a 5.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Adam Lincoln on May 16, 2010
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The Crash Course book for AP US History is a good study tool. It reviews key areas and has some hints as to what the AP focuses on. The Crash Course helps to develop ideas for the Free Response section of the AP Test, but does not go in depth into many subjects. If you have studied the material all year, the Crash Course may be all you need. If you are looking for a great review that touches on everything, this book is not for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dash on May 24, 2009
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I read this book twice in just under a week right before the AP test and the subject test for US history. I got an 800 (a perfect score, 100%) on the subject test, and I'm still waiting on my AP score, but I'm expecting a 5. It was thanks to this book - it's easy to read, quick, and was accurate in all of it's predictions about what would be and what wouldn't be on the AP test. As i studied, it gave me confidence because I knew that I was studying topics that would be on the AP test for sure, instead of my somewhat messy notes. It is lightweight and easy to carry, and within a week of my having it, most of my AP US history class had it as well. BUY IT, if you want to get a good score. 10/10
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Brown on October 28, 2010
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I tutor students for the SAT and ACT in San Diego. I wanted to find the best resource (most efficient + most helpful)to recommend to my students to use when preparing for the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History, so I bought this book (even though the title says AP)and used it myself to prepare in the spring of 2010 for the June 2010 Subject Test. I found it easy to use because the information is summarized. I memorized everything in the book and got a 780 on the test. Given that I didn't use any other resource aside from this book AND that I didn't take a U.S. History class, I would say that is rather amazing. It means that this book is right on target for what is on the test. When I took the test, there were only about 5-6 questions that I didn't know and those involved facts that weren't in the book. I only used the College Board published history tests (there are 2) for practice. That was it. This should be your #1 resource in preparing for the U.S. History Subject test.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By standbytheTruth on July 26, 2009
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This year I took the test and I got a 4. I credit some of my success to this book. Simply, this book summarizes everything important you need to know to give you the best benefit to get a 5. Although by itself it probably is not enough for a 5, it does help alot in comprehension of alot of the important topics. Surprisingly this year's test had a essay about labor groups and I wrote basically everything that was written in this crash course. I recommend for those taking the test to supplement this with the bigger REA book with amsco. That is a killer plan to getting a high score.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pinkllama88 on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book summarizes U.S. history, but this class is such a broad topic that a crash course book cannot include all the information you need to know. I personally recommend a larger book, such as the All Access version of this topic also by REA. Not all crash course books are missing information, just the broader topics. The great thing that this crash course book has that many other small books doesn't is a practice test. that is definitely a plus.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Audiokid on July 11, 2010
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Honestly, I thought I was dead. The AP History test had backed me into a corner. Focused on senior projects, AP Calculus, and AP English Lit, I had placed the US History exam on the back burner. Moreover, my class was anything but productive (though my teacher tried, bless her heart). Pressed for time and desperate to learn, I went to the bookstore to look for study guides in a last ditch effort. I came across the Princeton Review guide, Barron's 8,000 page masterpiece, Kaplan's guide, 5 Steps to a 5... you name it. Everything looked the same to me. I was about ready to settle with my textbook when the REA Crash Course guide caught my eye. It looked short, which raised some red flags. However, with nothing to lose, I decided to buy it anyways.

I was swamped with other work, I was out of hope, and my class wasn't productive. Even so, I wound up earning a high 4, and I owe most of my success to this book.

I don't think anybody- from the history gurus who need a bit of tuning up, to the students who study and study to barely get by- would not do better after reading this book. In fact, I think that most will do significantly better. The guide is organized with key terms, chronological outline review, and hints for multiple choice, essay, and database questions. The key terms offer critical definitions and facts that cannot be missed, while the the outline is essentially the notes you wish you'd taken in the first place. Throughout are key quotations, historical figures, and the like. What makes this guide special is not its historical breadth or precision; rather, it is the attention to AP-relevant detail that makes it shine. There are no wasted words here.
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