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United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (2015 Exam) - Student Edition Softcover Paperback – 2014
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This best-selling program is divided into nine chronological periods mirroring the structure of the new AP U.S. College Board Curriculum framework and reflects the Board’s effort to focus on trends rather than isolated facts. Each period features a one-page overview suggesting various ways historians have studied the period and lists the three featured key concepts from the College Board Curriculum Framework. Each chapter concludes with historical perspectives, a feature that addresses the College Board emphasis on how historians have interpreted the events of the chapter in various ways. The chapter conclusion features a list of key terms, people, and events organized by theme, reflecting the College Board’s focus on asking students to identify themes not just events. The chapter assessments include eight multiple-choice items, each tied to a source as on the new AP exam as well as four short-answer questions. Also included are period reviews with long-essay questions and document-based questions in the format of those on the new AP exam.
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1) AMSCO (John Newman) is the best. This book offers eight stimulus-based multiple choice questions and six short answers per chapter (not period), and 6-10 long essays and a DBQ for each period of history. The drawback to this book, however, is that students cannot purchase an answer key (teachers can obtain one through the publisher, but it must be shipped to a school). There is also only one full-length practice exam.
2) Kaplan is also good, as it offers five practice tests and 7-15 stimulus based multiple choice questions, at least two short answers, and either a long essay or a DBQ's for each period of history. This is what I will recommend to my students this year, as I will likely keep the AMSCO for myself to use for in-class assessments.
3) Barron's is pretty substandard, for while it does offer three practice tests, it only offers 2-3 stimulus based multiple choice questions and zero short answers, long answers, DBQ's per period of history.
4) 5 Steps to a 5, is the worst of the bunch with three practice tests, and no stimulus based multiple choice, short answers, long essays, or DBQ's associated with each period of history.
If you are an APUSH teacher, I highly recommend this book. Whether you spend the extra $6 to buy the answer key from the publisher is up to you. If you are an APUSH student, I would also highly recommend this book; but would also tell you to consider the Kaplan book as they have a few more full-length tests and answers are included (although you sacrifice questions that are associated with each period).
If I could give it 10 stars I would!!!
The best part of this prep book is that it teaches you history like an actual textbook. In fact, it's 10x more concise than my textbook so it's really worth it. Instead of reading your textbook, this is a much quicker read and has all the important information (and more) that you need.
I bought this book princeton, and a few others, but I loved this the best.