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AP® European History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) Paperback – September 23, 2009

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

Free Practice Exam
Our full-length online AP* European 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 renowned for their energetic presentations, commitment to scholarship, and helping students achieve high AP® exam scores.
All of Mr. Krieger’s students scored above a 3, with most students scoring a 4 or a 5. In 2004 and 2005, the College Board recognized Mr. Krieger as one of the nation’s foremost AP® teachers.
Mr. Krieger’s success has extended far beyond the classroom. He is the author of several widely used American History and World History textbooks, along with REA’s Art History test preparation guide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association; Pap/Psc edition (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738606618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738606613
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is definitely the best review book I've used for any of the eleven AP exams I've taken. It does a great job of presenting the key details of European History in a very clear and concise matter and it avoids the all too common mistake of turning a review book into a second textbook.

Everything in this book is outlined instead of thrown into paragraphs, which makes reading and comprehension a lot faster. Furthermore, the book leaves out non-essential details of European History. When dates or events aren't necessary, they aren't provided. The book is based on a close study of all released multiple choice questions from the AP exam so that it can cover each topic with the right amount of depth. This means that the book can be in large print on small pages and still be thinner than any other AP prep book I've seen, all without losing its usefulness.

Another key benefit of this book is that the content is really readable. It doesn't contain jokes or anything like that, but the prose is very conversational and easy to read. With most books I find myself reading some sentences multiple times to really understand them, but I never had to do that with this book. I was able to quickly read each page and understand the material on the first try.

This book also does a great job presenting relevant resources beyond a play-by-play account of the history. It includes little tips that explain which aspects of an event to study or warn that a particular event shows up on the exam more than others. In addition, it provides a really helpful list of key terms and several important comparisons of figures and eras that commonly appear on the exam.
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This book was invaluable for my AP Euro test this past year! The test was on a Friday, and I got this on the Tuesday of test week! While I admit, I did not read all of the book, and I did not use everything they suggested in the way of essay strategies, it was definitely an excellent way to recap everything of importance that I had learned throughout the year.
To be fair, I did also use the Princeton Review book (which was required by my teacher) and I read most of that and took one of their practice tests. However, the majority of that book is just a bunch of "hints" on how to answer multiple choice questions and essay questions, which was uselessly redundant for anyone who's taken a final or a standardized test. It was also very big and annoying to carry around.
The Crash Course is small, concise, and perfect for the student who doesn't want to start studying in October for one little test. Other people in my year started studying six WEEKS in advance and got 3s and 4s. I started studying six DAYS before and I got a FIVE!!
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!
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I highly recommend this book to anyone taking AP European History. This book got me a 5 on the exam!!!!!!

All I did to study was read this book (I read it pretty carefully, though, periodically "testing" myself by running through important wars and people in my head) and I got a 5. I did use another book, Modern European History by Birdsall Viault, to quickly understand my weakest points, but since the Crash Course is so concise and informative, I rarely used my other book.

Compared to other prep books like Barrons and Princeton Review, this book is so cheap and SO MUCH MORE WORTH IT! It tells you everything you need to know in a short, clear way and helps you analyze trends in history (good for your FRQs).

GET IT, YOU WILL GET A 4 OR A 5! :]
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I ordered this book because i was not doing to well in euro like low c always and i passed the ap exam with a 4 reading thought this once!
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I got my hands on this book well in advance before the 2013 AP Euro. test, and OMG, it has been a godsend. I didn't do much at home nor in class nor in my studies for anything AP Euro. in preparation for the AP test sooo when I did finally decided to study (I literally had barely any idea what was going on in class that entire year LOL; i knew next to nothing about AP Euro), I woke up 6 in the morning, had a quick breakfast, and literally sat down on my bed and read around 1/2 the book as well as the latter sections for 4 hours straight on the day of the exam. I went into the testing room feeling really really nervous since I put barely effort into studying, but when I started the FRQ's/DBQ's, I started to have a deja vu on everything i read from the book!!! I felt super confident and this book has helped me sosososososo much!! I managed to pull off a 4 ^_^" with just 4 hours of prep total from this book! (and I only read 1/2 of it!!) Get it!! :)
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is planning on taking the AP European History Exam. It is a very quick read and provides just the basic facts that you must know. You do not have to waste your time picking through details because this book comes in a simple bulleted list outline format. Also, the book compares and contrasts key leaders and concepts, which can prove to be a big help for the Free Response Essays. I read this book in the two weeks before taking the exam as a quick review and it proved to be a good choice. If you're planning on buying a review book for this course, you should choose this one!
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