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Text good and well organized - M/C Questions too hard
on February 25, 2013
By way of background, I have an MA in math and have taught math in college and HS. I was helping my son in his AP Calc B/C class and thought if the Barron's Calc was as good as their AP Stat book it was the one to own. I usually would favor the prep book with the harder questions but these are way too hard. I couldn't even figure out some questions when I read the answers. Some of the questions aren't really answered, they just refer you to some section of the text which is usually not much help.
The text part is extremely well organized and explains some topics better than some $100 text books
You can get two released exams for both AB and B/C from the College Board Store. The CB also sells the M/C questions for both A/B and B/C for 6 years selected from 1968-1999 as a PDF. The FRQs are available for free download from the C/B's web site so you don't really need any FRQs from a prep book.
The Princeton Review version is pretty outdated for B/C but is fine for A/B in terms of M/C tests. It might be a tiny bit easier than the real thing but with all the options available from the C/B, you should have all you need with just PR and CB.
My son got 5's on both the A/B and B/C parts by doing all of the PR and 4 of the CB M/C questions for each of A/B and B/C. He did about 5 years worth of FRQ's before it got to the point where they were pretty easy. He is certainly bright enough but no math whiz and only got a C and B in his HS class.