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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 (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,492 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 swear that this book was what got me a 4.
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This is truly THE BEST AP Prep book I have ever used.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Adam Lincoln on May 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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20 of 24 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pinkllama88 on November 24, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GoogleLisaMcPherson on May 6, 2011
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This book is unbelievable. The amount of information it holds, and how concise it is make it a great book for anyone studying somewhat last minute. If you have 2 weeks+ i would try the Direct Hits or Amsco book, but if not you can get a 5 with just this book, i promise! I read the book once and i read a short study guide online that had like 1-2 sentences on every topic, and I believe I got a 4-5.

Trust the book. The reviews do not lie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Audiokid on July 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chess94 on April 10, 2010
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This was an EXCELLENT resource-it was so much help. It is organized very nicely, chronologically following US History and only disccusing the Absolutely Essential points. It's definitely an excellent resource I recommend to ANY student...in fact, I think having this book should be a requirement if one is taking the US history exam. The chapters on African American history and Women's history were especially helpful, and will aid any student taking the exam. Also, it includes a chapter on important congressional acts, relevant supreme court cases and labor unions, which are all VERY helpful. It is easy to read and, overall, an effective tool of study.

While this book is excellent, I DO NOT recommend using this book solely to self-study the exam. It is excellent for review if you are taking the class, and if you are taking the class then this book alone should suffice. However, if you purchase AMSCO along with this book, it is definitely sufficient to self-study. While one could probably self-study the exam with only AMSCO, I strongly suggest purchasing this book as well-it is a savior. I do not recommend this for self-study alone for obvious reasons-it's condensed to bring up essential points, that in turn bring back key concepts, but is not exhaustive enough. For example, the section discussing the Proclamation Line of 1763 discusses what it was and its purpose, but does not talk of the tensions it created in the colonies, the growing feeling of contempt toward Britain, how it contributed to the Revolution, etc...it expects you to remember that. For that reason, this book used in accordance w/AMSCO will guarantee you a 5 on the AP exam if you study properly. With that being said, it is a truly remarkable book that you should definitely purchase.
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