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AP U.S. History Crash Course (REA: The Test Prep AP Teachers Recommend) [Paperback]

Larry Krieger , Advanced Placement , US History Study Guides
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January 20, 2010 0738608130 978-0738608136 Second Edition, Revised
REA's Crash Course for the AP® U.S. History Exam - Gets You a Higher Advanced Placement® Score in Less Time

Crash Course is perfect for the time-crunched student, the last-minute studier, or anyone who wants a refresher on the subject.

Are you crunched for time? Have you started studying for your Advanced Placement® U.S. History exam yet? How will you memorize everything you need to know about American History before the test? Do you wish there was a fast and easy way to study for the exam AND boost your score?

If this sounds like you, don't panic. REA's Crash Course for AP® U.S. History is just what you need. Our Crash Course gives you:

Targeted, Focused Review - Study Only What You Need to Know
The Crash Course is based on an in-depth analysis of the AP® U.S. History course description outline and actual AP® test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exam, so you can make the most of your valuable study time. Broken down into major topics and themes, REA gives you two ways to study the American History — chronologically or thematically.

Expert Test-taking Strategies
Written by an AP® teacher who has studied the AP® U.S. History Exam for 20 years, the author shares his detailed, question-level strategies and explains the best way to answer the multiple-choice and essay questions. By following his expert advice, you can boost your overall point score!

Key Terms You Must Know
Mastering AP® vocabulary terms is an easy way to boost your score. Our AP® expert gives you the key terms all AP® U.S. History students must know before test day.

Take REA's FREE Practice Exam
After studying the material in the Crash Course, go to the online REA Study Center and test what you've learned about American History. Our free practice exam features timed testing, detailed explanations of answers, and automatic scoring analysis. The exam is balanced to include every topic and type of question found on the actual AP® exam, so you know you're studying the smart way.

Whether you're cramming for the test at the last minute, looking for extra review, or want to study on your own in preparation for the exams - this is the study guide every AP® U.S. History student must have.

When it's crucial crunch time and your Advanced Placement® exam is just around the corner, you need REA's Crash Course for AP® U.S. History!

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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.

Product Details

  • 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: #3,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Study Tool, but don't expect a 5 May 16, 2010
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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate review book November 24, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars With one week less to go this is your best bet May 6, 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy. July 11, 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 10, 2010
By chess94
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never took the class. Got a 4. :)
I never took AP U.S. I read this over one night once and ended up with a 4. Unfortunately some things on here weren't on the exam, and if you really wanted to kill the exam with a... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Stephon J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it for studying.
Got a 4 of 5 on my final exam. Great study tool.
Published 4 days ago by Emma Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD!!!!
I GOT A 5!!! This book was absolutely amazing. I entered the exam feeling totally in control. I studied with this book for about 2-3 weeks. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Aiana Semper
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually helps
I bought this book midway of the school year, before the AP exam. Even though this is a crash course, I still suggest studying much earlier, especially if you're a big-time... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource!
This book tied together all the themes covered in APUSH. Many of the questions on the AP exam were directly referenced in this book. Highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Alainna Belknap
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY!
It met all of my expectations. I felt really prepared for the AP exam! This is a really great product!
Published 1 month ago by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems to cover what it needs to
Haven't gotten score back yet, but I found it was helpful for reviewing the course material and studying for the exam.
Published 1 month ago by Sherree
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I took the AP test exactly a week ago and I felt I did really well thanks to this book. It covered most of the content presented. Read more
Published 1 month ago by islanderboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the 2014 Exam
The 2014 exam had some questions directly from this book. However, you should buy ESSENTIAL CONTENT by Larry Krieger if you truly want to get the FRQ and DBQ portion of the exam. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Collin Bentley
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