- Series: College Test Preparation
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; 2014 ed. edition (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804124108
- ISBN-13: 978-0804124102
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,567 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) 2014 ed. Edition
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There is a chapter layout at the beginning of each chapter telling you the big chunks of what you're going to learn before you dive in, so you're not left in the dark.
There are also timelines at the end of each chapter to help you order the big events chronologically.
Furthermore, the lack of excessive detail may seem like a bad thing because you might feel nervous going into the exam not knowing ever little detail, but in terms of efficiency, you're better off spending 10 hours reading through this review than 30 hours reading a detailed review. The long review may give more details, but those extra details will only help on a few, if any, questions. When it comes to AP World, if you know enough about the concepts, you can make very accurate guesses on questions you're not sure about anyways. Plus, the extra hours you would have left over if you chose to use the shorter review would definitely prove to be beneficial, whether you use those hours to take practice tests/essay, or to make flashcards, or to just sleep to give your brain time to rest and heal.
All in all, I feel like the conceptual approach to AP studying is helpful, at least it was for me. I know that if I had just little bits and pieces of info instead of big conceptual chunks, I wouldn't have been able to have solidly structured and comprehensive essays for the exam.
Not only does the book explain how to tackle each section of the exam, but it also includes a concise review of each time period (8000 BCE - 600 CE; 600 - 1450; 1450 - 1750; 1750 - 1914; 1914 - Present). The writing style is conversational and easily understandable--completely different from a normal textbook. Plus, there's a timeline of major developments at the end of each chapter. What helped me a lot was the special boxes throughout the text that hi-lighted major patterns/ideas (e.g. "Compare Them: The Aztec Civilization and the Roman Empire," how both the Protestant Reformation and Scientific Revolution greatly impacted the Church, etc).
I have to say that one or two of the Princeton Review's practice questions seemed a little bit strange. Over all, though, going through the practice multiple choice questions definitely prepared me, and I also think this study guide contributed to my very high A in the class. Plus, I took the AP exam about two or three weeks ago, and partly thanks to this book, the exam seemed fairly easy. (Of course, I haven't received my scores yet...)
Although this book isn't perfect, it comes pretty close. If you know you want a study guide, the Princeton Review is probably your best choice.