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    Cracking the AP European History, 2002-2003 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
    by KENNETH PEARL
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (29 January, 2002)
    list price: $18.00
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    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I had 4 Euro books. REA, Arco, Princeton, and Barron's.
    All four had their strong points. I'll list those:

    Arco

    A great review book. Has a concise and quick review. The timelines at the end of each chapter are great to get the idea of when everything occurred. The test were real good too.

    Princeton

    If only getting one book, this would probably be the one. Longer reviews than Arco but shorter than REA. Bolds keywords which is really good. This book probably had the best questions matching the test.

    REA

    This book has a lot of information. Longest and most detailed by far. It is like a textbook. It has six tests. The tests are almost all fact based. It is a very good book. THis book and Arco are good counterparts.

    Barron's

    It only has one review. The reviews aren't very lengthy. Only good thing about this book is that it has questions about each section after the chapters. It helps with the class preparing for specific tests. Only advantage this book has over the others.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I only wish that I had gotten this sooner
    AP Euro is not a very commonly taken class, so a few people were suspicious when a new teacher took it up at our school. Surprise surprise! I realized I had signed up for a class that was helping me learn the history about as well as my chemistry class was.

    To cut a long story short, I got this about three weeks before the exam. Reading it religiously, I finally felt like I understood all of the connections and things we were supposed to have learned from our tome of a textbook.

    The most amazing thing was that I actually enjoyed it, the way I hoped to enjoy the class before I took it. You may not believe it, but preparing for the exam was as mentally enlightening as it was informative. Everything made sense, and I liked it that way.

    One final note- when the princeton review books say "we know the exam" they aren't kidding. My unexpected success with European History last year made me want to buy the AP US review early this year. Our textbook had one sentence on "Salutary Neglect" and the princeton book, which recognizes the importance of such a concept, made a whole section out of it.

    This book is more than just a review, it can help guide you if you're feeling lost in a sea of ideas in a difficult class.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book to use all year long
    This book not only aided me in reviewing as the AP drew closer, but I was able to use it all year to review for tests in class. It is a little vague in some recounting of the history, and I found that its test questions are a little easier than what is found on the AP, but in general I LOVED this book, it's a great resource and tool. It helped me get a 5 on the test...hope it helps you too! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375762264
    Sales Rank: 273183
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Europe    4. Europe - General    5. Examinations    6. Examinations, questions, etc    7. History    8. Study Aids    9. Study Guides    10. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


    Cracking the AP Economics (Micro & Macro), 2002-2003 Edition (Princeton Review)
    by DAVID ANDERSON
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (29 January, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars i found it useful- i took macro economics
    this book was great and summarized concepts well- which you expect from any review book.clearly my teacher recommended princeton review.The only thing i dont like is how theres macro and micro mixed together and i wish there was just a separate book.But take your time with this book- dont use it the night before because you'll be really tired- especially if you're taking other APs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome review guide
    This book salvaged me for AP Micro and Macro. I had a teacher who was teaching AP Econ for the first time, so I knew I needed a review guide. I picked up the Princeton Review, and it helped me get a 4 and a 5 (the 4 was due to labor markets---in my opinion, one of the hardest concepts of AP Micro).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    I originally bought this book to prepare myself for the AP economics. I did not took AP exam though, because I ran out of time studying for other AP's.

    So I ended up taking Econ class in college. Whenever my iffy textbook confuses me I read this book. It has been helping me tremendously! It is a great book with the essential Economics nailed in it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375762248
    Sales Rank: 333137
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Economics    4. Economics - General    5. Examinations    6. Examinations, questions, etc    7. Study Aids    8. Study Guides    9. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


    Biology (Cliffs AP)
    by Phillip E.Pack
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (23 January, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I successfully passed CLEP Biology using this book
    This book prepares you for every possible topic that may be on the test. I failed this test twice before. The first time I didn't have this book. The second time I didn't read every section or take all the practice test. After studying the entire book, taking each practice question at the end of each chapter, I passed the CLEP Biology with ease. This book does have one short coming. It only has one complete test that would prepare you for the exam. My suggestion is to purchase AP Biology (REA), it has six practice test.

    4-0 out of 5 stars perfect ...except if you're missing chunks
    this was a GREAT book. it covered everything that was on the exam (i just took it this morning haha) and it did not include too much unnecessary information.but this is a REVIEW BOOK... meaning you should not use this to learn the information!! i'll admit that there were a few topics during this school year that didnt actually learn and just "got by"... so when it came time to review for the AP, i had a few chunks of information missing.The Cliff's review book was not made to teach you this information.if you don't underSTAND a concept, i would advise you to use "5 steps for a 5", which is a much easier read.(the only problem with that book alone is that it does not use enough "standard" terms)

    5-0 out of 5 stars for the procrastinator
    This is a very good review book.It is fairly small, but full of information.Unlike many other ap bio books, this has explanations for the labs (which are crucial in the ap test).It is also categorized, so you can just flip to the section you need the most help on instead of wasting time reading topics you are already familiar with.The practice test seems easy, but focuses on what you need to know for the test.Everyone in my class bought this book because our teacher wasn't so good.I waited until the weekend before the test to read it.I ended up just skimming through it and doing the practice test.The questions and the essay at the end of each of the section are pretty much a way of giving the reader a condensed summary of the section.I mostly just read the essays at the end of the section because of my lack of time to read the section.Every student in my class got a 4 or 5, only because of the book not the teacher who only got us to chapter 5 in a book that contained 35 chapters.I personally got a 4, if I read the whole book, I think I would have gotten a 5.This book has everything you need to pass the test.Definitely recommended. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764586823
    Sales Rank: 2455
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Biology    3. Cliff / Monarch / Barron's Book Notes    4. College Entrance    5. Examinations    6. Examinations, questions, etc    7. Life Sciences - Biology - General    8. Science/Mathematics    9. Biology, Life Sciences    10. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
    by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great art review book!
    As a fan of art, I thought the Annotated Mona Lisa got to the point and was easy to read. For those who have absolutely no idea about Matisse or Caravaggio, this is a great book to acquaint yourself with the world of art. As a student of art history, the Annotated Mona Lisa is the closest thing you can get to an art history review book. Although there is some background information there and some quotes here, there is definetly substance hidden in it which could help one answer the free-response questions completely. The charts which characterize each artist during some of the art periods are very helpful, clear and no-nonsense. The multiple choice AP Art History exam tests more factual not analytical information and the book can help one tackle those questions. For the art history student, the only down side to this book is that it only depicts a few art pieces per period, and the AP Art History asks for a little more. In all, the exam tests one knowledge of overall themes and characteristics, and the Annotated Mona Lisa was really helpful!

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Crash Course Indeed!
    This author takes you through the first 25,000 years of art history in a mere sixty-three pages, including the Renaissance, and devotes fully one-third of the book to the modern art of the twentieth century.Perhaps I was mislead by the title, hoping for a little bit more attention to Mona's time. A better choice would be Thomas Hoving's "Art for Dummies", with his more objective point of view.

    3-0 out of 5 stars accuracy please!
    Although I was excited to see attention brought to baroque woman artist Artemisia Gentileschi, I was dismayed to see yet again inaccurate facts about this brilliant woman disseminating to the general public. Artemisia was not raped by a fellow pupil, but by Agositino Tassi, a landscape painter her father arranged for her to study perspective under. She was seventeen at the time. The "sibile(sp)" or thumbscrews were a correct account, but Tassi was in fact convicted and sentenced to time already served and ordered to leave Rome. As for Artemisia Gentileschi devoting herself to painting women who wreck havoc on men, that is, if you ask me, a short sighted, and shallow opinion of her work. Such dramatic generalizations do not give this artistic genius a fraction of the credit she deserves. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0836280059
    Sales Rank: 3524
    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. History    4. History - General    5. Outlines, syllabi, etc    6. Study & Teaching    7. Art / General   


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    Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java
    by Maria Litvin
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (21 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A boon to AP Java students
    This is a great book. I feel that I owe them for making this book. The authors do a great job in simply summarizing the concepts covered on the AP test, and providing great examples - the free response questions were right on the money! Highly suggested.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Review Manual for the AP Comp Sci Exam in Java
    Maria Litvin has done an extraordinary job of putting together the new "Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java".This review manual, which has enough detail to double as a text book, has everything students need to focus on prior to taking the exam.It addresses everything in the ETS Java subset that students should have studied during the school year and has outstanding multiple choice and free response practice exam questions. The tests even include questions about the Java Marine Biology Simulation program which students need to know for the exam.Her web site also includes the 2003 C++ free response questions, which have been translated into Java.If you are searching for a great review manual with great practice questions, this is it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definetly Better then Barron's Guide for Review
    The Barron's giude is very nice, but it basically reteaches evrything for the student, which is only good if you have the typicall AP Computer Science teacher, like the ones in the Reviews :My teacher was horribale, she doesn't know anything about Java/C++/Pascal.She only knew about some other language and never assigned homework and was just horrible.If that is your teacher then get barron's, but if your school is respectable enough to actually try to get a good Computer Science teacher then get this book, it actually reviews.Another plus over barron's, this book actually has tips and an introduction to the test, Barron's only has 3 pages compared to a chapter with Litvin's guide on this subject. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0965485358
    Sales Rank: 124728
    Subjects:  1. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12)    2. Computers - General    3. Juvenile Nonfiction    4. Study Aids - Test Preparation   


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    Cracking the AP Chemistry, 2002-2003 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
    by PAUL FOGLINO
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (29 January, 2002)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Raises your self-esteem...until you get your test results
    Very easy to read, simple explanations, many exercises with a wide range of variables. Honestly, if you're taking AP Chem you should be able to do every problem in this book. While the book is good as a study aid, I felt it was pretty useless when it came to preparing me for the test which is VERY difficult.

    Overall, the formulas are highlighted and easy to find, the exercise problems are creative but not too challenging. Good for the course but not the test.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good practice tests, but unhelpful summaries
    Princeton Review's prep books are usually concise in their summaries, and this book was no exception. The summaries were not only short, but they missed out some of the important topics. Many sections merely consisted of a couple of equations and brief explanations. In short, the review sections were not very thorough.

    However, I rate this book highly because of the excellent quality of practice tests and section review questions. Their questions, especially the free-response questions, cover the important concepts in a thorough manner and give good practice for the actual AP exam. Also the multiple choice questions were very helpful, unlike the Barron's prep book that had way too narrow and specific questions. Having taken the AP test a couple of weeks ago, I musyhave to say that the Princeton Review's questions came the closest to the actual AP questions.

    So buy this book to practice solving questions, but don't rely on it to provide you with a good summary.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Helped me get a 3
    Before I read this book I had very little knowledge of what chemistry was.I was completely lost--and never tried to catch up.In class I never knew what my teacher was talking about.Without this book I would have gotten a 1 on the 2003 exam; by using it for a few weeks before the test I got a 3. I know I would have done better if I had studied this book longer. It has a reader-friendly format and isn't quite as terrifying as Barron's, so it's a great last-minute review for procrastinators.I recommend that you use this book in conjunction with old AP tests, or use it along with Barron's if you have the time.Also this book doesn't cover labs at all--I recommend the Cliff's Notes for that.Don't forget to practice as many free-response problems as you can on the old AP tests. ... Read more

    Isbn: 037576223X
    Sales Rank: 273702
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Chemistry    4. Chemistry - General    5. Examinations    6. Examinations, questions, etc    7. Study Aids    8. Study Guides    9. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2002-2003
    by Tom Meltzer, Jean Hofheimer Bennett
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (29 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me get a 4!
    This book is a great thing to read after you review everything. It's concise and well explained. I am a horrible student at history because I've never had a good teacher. I actually had a D in my history class but I got a 4 on the AP test! I don't recommend reading Rea. Some people say it's too long...but in reality it's just too complicating. You have no idea what they are even talking about. My friend used Rea all year long and got a 2. I used Kaplan first and then Princeton Review like a week before the AP test and I know Princeton Review made the difference between a 3 and a 4 for me. I remember when I was taking the test like 20 questions came from the Princeton Review book almost like word for word. Get this book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good brief review
    This book is great if you want to score a 3 or 4 on the exam, don't have a lot of time to study, and have had a very good teacher who has drilled the information into your head. If you haven't then get a more extensive book. You can't learn the material from this book, just review it. This is the only review book I found that was historically accurate.The chapters can be confusing and hard to digest. The info is short but condenced, meaning that in a single paragraph you will get all of the information found in 30 textbook pages. There is not a lot of great info for the essays so the highest you might get is a three unless you get lucky. I had a great teacher and reviewed with this for about 15 hours. I ended up getting a 4 on the exam because I had a lot of outside info about the essays.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Buy for Stressed AP Students
    Although I only started reviewing until the last couple of days before the exam, which i wholeheartedly do not advise you do, this book truly helped me go over everything in the test.This being my first ap test ever, the test strategies helped a lot.The review, however, was probably the most help to me.It went over all aspects of US history that were relevent to the test and actually helped me learn the first hundred years, due to a bad teacher in the beginning of the year.The review was also written in easy to understand short sentences, which definitely was a big help in memorizing information and actually understanding the topics.My advice is to buy this book early and use it while you're doing AP US schoolwork, then take the practice tests and review about a month before the big day.If you do all that, chances are you'll probably get at least a 3, which many colleges count towards credit.I got a 4, a result that I am pleased with.Well anyways good luck with the exam!You'll breathe a big sigh of relief once it's done! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375762310
    Sales Rank: 211475
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Examinations    4. Examinations, questions, etc    5. History    6. Study Aids    7. Study Guides    8. United States    9. United States - General    10. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    How to Prepare for the AP World History
    by John Mccannon, Pamela Jordan
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (28 February, 2002)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Practice Questions, Mediocre Review Material
    If you are looking for accurate practice exams and review questions, look elsewhere. In my 10+ years as an AP World History teacher, this book has by far some of the worst practice questions I have ever seen. There is hardly any practice for the DBQ, and the essay questions that are given for comparative and change over time are hardly something one would find on the actual exam. The review material itself is adequate, although I found that there is a lot of unnecessary information included that doesn't typically show up on the exams. I would highly suggest the Princeton Review's book instead of this Barron's publication.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best review for the AP World Exam!
    I took the test last year as a sophomore and for a first time AP test taker this book made me fell at ease and comfortable. The information is good but not an overload like a text book is.
    I was able to read the whole thing in the month before the test. However I would NOT recommend this for someone who wants to cram in all the info the week before the test. Although the information doesn't go over your head there is simply a lot of it. If your prefer the cramming style then Princeton would be a better fit for you (not saying princeton is bad- it would be my second choice). But this book is better as a supplement to a class, or a a longer review.
    The greatest help for me were the quizzes at the end of each chapter. It is very easy to forget some of what you have read after 5+ pages of info and the quizzes are great for keeping you from forgeting all that work. Then at the end of each unit (many chapters) the re is a 20 question quiz over everything that is extremly helpful and funtions like the smaller quizzes did. My biggest support for this book comes from the quizzes because all the test prep books I have read since have not had them and subsequently are not as good. One thing the book does not give much help for however are the essays... they have bad examples of REAL work though the questions are a good gauge of how the AP questions will be.
    Also I recommend THIS particular book but not Barron's in general, I happen to feel that their AP US History test guide pales in comparison to this book... so I credit the author. I ended up with a 4 on the test, which is part due to my excellent teacher (I got very lucky) and of course my other techer John =).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Review, Okay Essays,Weird Time Periods
    I used this book to study for my AP World History test, and I got a 5! My grades weren't that great during the year, and the five really surprised me, but I think the reason I got a five was this book. It has really good review of everything and good tips for the test in the beginning. The practice tests are pretty good, too. I only have two problems with it. First, the practice essay questions are good but the example essays are really bad (not enough information in them). Second, the first two time periods in this book don't correspond to the first two time periods the AP test actually uses. They're off by about 400 years. That irritated me when I was trying to review certain time periods.

    Anyways, it is a good book and I definitely recommend it. I looked through the other two major ones (Princeton Review and Kaplan) and this one definitely seemed superior. Buy it! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764118161
    Sales Rank: 18687
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Examinations    4. History    5. Study & Teaching    6. Study Aids    7. Study Guides    8. Study and teaching    9. World - General    10. World history   


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    Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2004-2005 (Cracking the Ap World History Exam)
    by David Daniel, Abby Kanarek, Alexandra Freer, Monty Armstrong
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (03 February, 2004)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Starts 1350 with the Renaissance
    So if you're looking for earlier info, go elsewhere (refers to an earlier version). The information is also selective: on some things, this book provides a great deal of information, more than most in fact (like the Enlightenment philosophers); but it skips over or skims other topics (such as colinization and exploration).

    In essence, what it covers, it usually covers well, but I personally would supplement to fill in the thin spots. i'd give it 3 & 1/3 stars, if I could.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever
    I'm a junior and I decided to self-study the AP World History in January. As it turned out, I was inundated with work until, say, last week. Basically, I had barely started studying. I got this book, skipped a few days of school, and studied VERY hard. Today I took the exam, and I'm about 99% sure I got a 5. I knew more facts than I could care to write down, I knew dates, I knew the essay topics. This book was so well-organized that I was pull off all of that in under a week, however, I still have another six APs to go :(

    5-0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GOOD REVIEW GUIDE!
    Today I took the AP World History Exam for 2004. Thanks to this book, I felt like I had ABSORBED world history into my brain. It provides a very good detailed AND easy to understand review. However I feel that I crammed in the last review pages of this book in on the last minute so I couldn't learn all of the info. But overall, if you don't procrastinate, this is an EXCELLENT study guide. It also provides two practice tests and some really good advice on how to bust through the essay questions in an organized way. Plus, it includes some sample essay questions. I would highly recommend buying this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375763805
    Sales Rank: 4060
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Examinations    4. Examinations, questions, etc    5. History    6. Study Aids    7. Study Guides    8. Test Prep    9. World - General    10. World history    11. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    Cracking the AP Physics B & C Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
    by Princeton Review, Steven A. Leduc
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (13 January, 2004)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars It was ok, a little confusing
    I found this book to be helpful in some ways and in other ways, not so much. The sections on Mechanics were very simple and easy to understand. The Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics and the Waves and Optics sections were all easy for me to comprehend. This book was a big help in the Waves and Optics section because we didn't even go over that in class, but I was able to teach myself how to do it. As far as the Electricity and Magnetism, I thought it was extremely difficult to understand and after a while I didn't even bother with it, because I just didn't get it. I don't know if this would be my first suggestion for an AP Physics B review book, but it was ok, just a little confusing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The way to go to improve your score.
    This book contains everything you'd want to know about both AP Physics tests. Everything is written clearly and makes perfect sense, even if you're teacher is useless (trust me, mine is). I've taught myself entire sections using this book alone. I have no doubt that this will improve my score on the AP Physics test.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
    While taking my AP Physics course, I realized that I needed help...fast.I knew that there were suppliment books available, but none like this book.Everything that you could need - and nothing more - is contained in this book.The examples given are similar to what I've experienced in class, but given with much more detail and explanation.This book has been an invaluable tool. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375763872
    Sales Rank: 14397
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Examinations    4. Examinations, questions, etc    5. Physics    6. Study Aids    7. Study Guides    8. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    Cracking the AP US Gov't and Politics, 2000-2001 Edition (Cracking the Ap. U.S. Government and Politics)
    by TOM MELTZER
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (25 January, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Review!!
    I had four US Government Review books and this was definitely the most useful to me. (I had the 99-00 edition, but took the exam in 2001). I ended up scoring a 5!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Concise, clear, and all-around great!
    Princeton Review is the best in test prep books. The book is clear, funny at times, and keeps your attention long enough to teach you all you need to know to ace the AP test.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Results
    I was not blessed with the best in-class AP English preparation my senior year. We read a lot of novels, stories, and poems in one semester, without fully understanding the complexity of any of them. When May arrived, I wasterrified of how poor education was going to ruin my performance. However,I began to read the Princeton Review guide, and slowly but surely, I beganto learn ways to avoid the monotony that persistently pervades studentessays about literature. I learned how to write lively, insightful,color-filled essays that were coherent. These are the type of essays thatAP readers want. This is obviously true, because I received a 5 on my APEnglish Lit Exam against all odds. This book is both concise and witty,keeping you interested all the way through. Strategies for overcoming thepitfalls of the multiple-choice section are also provided. This one is amust-see-to-believe type of guide. Princeton Review, thanks! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375754962
    Sales Rank: 565323
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Government - U.S. Government    4. Study Aids    5. Study Guides    6. Test Prep    7. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


    Modern European History
    by Birdsall S. Viault
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
    I was in an AP class. I did not put my full effort into the AP Euro class and was scared right before the AP. Right about a month before the test I bought this book and read it all the way through. The day before the test I reviewed what I felt were the top 5 most important subjects (French Revolution, WWI, etc.) Needless to say, to my surprise I got a 5 on the test. An I truly would have to say that 85% of that grade came from reading this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Partition of Lithuania
    I have found one error in this otherwise excellent book, an error that has been repeated in many other books of modern European history.When discussing the partitions of Poland the author discusses the partition of Lithuanian territories as though these territories were a part of Poland.He states that Byelorussia and Polish Ukraine were ceded to Russia by Poland.This is not true.The fact of the matter is that Byelorussia and parts of the Ukraine were ruled by Lithuania and not by Poland.There was a Lithuanian Ukraine but there never was any such thing as the Polish Ukraine.Hopefully these matters will be resolved in later editions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Modern European History
    This is the perfect resource for anyone looking for a thorough, yet concise, review book for a European history class.Although I did not sign up for the AP European History class at my school, my teacher recommended that I sign up to take the test.I did sign up, but due to a lack of self-studying, I felt that I was going to get a 1 or 2 on the exam in May.In April, I bought this book.I read it everyday (and everywhere) until the exam.(I even read the book during other classes!)By the time I took the exam, I felt I was adequately prepared for it.I managed to get a 3.There is no doubt in my mind that if I had used it over a longer period of time and read it without any distractions, I would have gotten a 5.I highly recommend this book to all European history students, AP or otherwise. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0070674531
    Sales Rank: 15021
    Subjects:  1. 1492-    2. Europe    3. Europe - General    4. History    5. History, Modern    6. Study Guides    7. History / Europe / General   


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    Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC, 2002-2003 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
    by DAVID KAHN
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (29 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Book
    I absolutely love this book. They should teach regular classes using this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book if you're taking AP Calculus
    I purchased this book nine months before the test date but I did not study the book until three days before the test date.
    Three days before the date, I did the AB practice test. It took me about 3-4 hours, and I got about half wrong. Two days before, I went over all the problems I missed and I copied down the solutions in red pen on the margin. The day before the test, I did another set of practice test. This time, I got about 12 wrong, and by this time I was really familiar with the test format and concepts I should know.

    The multiple choice part of the actual test wasn't very hard. But the essay part was REALLY HARD. But I managed to write something down on every problem. Looking back, I think that it is my actual Calc class that helped me to do the essay part. (I only used the practice part of the book...)

    I ended up with a 5, and considering I didn't know about 80% percent of Calculus, I think this book really helped me on getting my score.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best AP Calc prep you can get!
    Princeton's famous for great AP Prep (in most cases, anyways), and they certainly executed the AP Calc book well!The review is concise but thorough, and every subject is basically covered.Very impressed by the examples and tests provided in this book.Certainly the best choice! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375762221
    Sales Rank: 254735
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Calculus    4. Examinations    5. Study Aids    6. Study Guides    7. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


    English Literature and Composition (Cliffs AP)
    by AllanCasson
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 December, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Studied a little, helped a lot
    To be honest, I was never a good writer, I got a 650 on my SAT2 writing test.I didn't take the English AP Language course because I didn't like the teacher too much, so I never had any preparation for it.I didn't do any writing in my English honors class either, but we did read a lot.

    I did a few multiple choice questions to familiarize myself with the types of questions they would ask, and when I read the questions and I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of technical terms I never learned like "allegory" and all that stuff, so I went to the back and memorized those terms.I read a lot of the essays in the book so I would know what they were looking for.This book helped a lot on the essay. It teaches you how to structure your essay, write up an introduction, write a pretty sentence, and do some analyzing.I didn't do any of the full-length practice tests, so I never really learned how to time myself.And during the actual test, I never reached the last passage of the multiple choice exam.I was panicking so much, I seriously thought of cancelling my score.But because I actually tried, and paid for it.. I didn't.I ended up getting a 4 on the test, which I'm really proud of.

    You have to keep practice writing the essays here, that's where it really counts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best English AP Prep book
    By far the best English AP preparation book - even better than the first edition. It brings everything up to date and adds good new practice exams.Unfortunately, it costs more. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764586866
    Sales Rank: 8298
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Cliff / Monarch / Barron's Book Notes    4. College Entrance    5. Composition and exercises    6. English language    7. English literature    8. Examinations    9. Language    10. Study guides    11. Education    12. English    13. Literary studies: general    14. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    Cliffs AP English Language and Composition
    by Barbara V.Swovelin
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (19 December, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad. I managed to get a 4 using this book only.
    I'll be honest. I think I was well prepared for AP exam way before reading this book. I've had hardcore Honors English 2 to help prep me for the AP class.

    I didn't use this book till the week before the exam. The multiple choice questions were nothing like the ones on the AP exam, which I thought were easier than the ones in the book. If you really want to do well on AP exam, just do the multiple choice and see what you missed. I scored low on each exam (missed 10 or so) and didnt grade myself on the essays.

    The good parts of the book are the comprehensive review of glossary terms and the section on writing the essay. AP English is the easiest AP exam to prep for. You don't necessarily need the AP class. You just need to know literary terms and how to write concisely. Overall, 4 stars for getting me the 4 on the AP exam. For the most part, most people in my class got 4s and I dont necessarily think it has to do with the book, but I think if you need practice, this is a decent book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent prep book
    I basically took the AP Lang exam using only this book to prepare, and I scored a 5.I did walk into it with pretty developed writing skills, but this book helped me understand and improve my literary analysis.I did about ten of the sample essays and one of the multiple choice sections in the practice tests.The student written essays are helpful; the high scoring ones give you a good idea of what the scorers are looking for.
    The main thing to keep in mind on the AP Lang test is sounding intelligent is most important, even if your points are simple.As Oscar Wilde so eloquently put it, "In matters of great importance, style, not sincerity, is what really matters."

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK
    This book had a decent list of terms, although I've stumbled across better ones in books my friends owned. The main plus to it was detailed analysis of essays written by students under the exact same testing conditions. Although their examples of 8's and 9's seemed quite a bit higher than what my teacher accepted (and she's a tough grader), it was helpful to see how my writing stacked up. I scored a 4 on the exam, with this being my main study guide. Also, my teacher would pass copies out to the class for discussion a few times a year, meaning that she approved, I'm sure. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764586858
    Sales Rank: 21101
    Subjects:  1. Book Notes    2. Cliff / Monarch / Barron's Book Notes    3. College Entrance    4. College entrance achievement t    5. College entrance achievement tests    6. Composition & Creative Writing - Academic    7. Composition and exercises    8. English language    9. Examinations    10. Language    11. Study guides    12. Education    13. English    14. Language Teaching & Learning (Other Than ELT)    15. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    Cracking the AP Psychology Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
    by Princeton Review
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (13 January, 2004)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Worthwhile Study Book
    When I first bought this book, I regretted it to an extent because I felt I had made a mistake in choosing; more people in my class had purchased the 5 Steps to a 5 series book on AP Psych, however I was wrong. This book not only became an important part in my individual study process, but when a piece of information was necessary, the class and the teacher had depended on me to look it up in this book. It covers everything and the practice tests get you "in the zone". Unfortunately, I don't know what I got on the A.P. test itself since I just took it, but I can say that I was super-confident, and this book was a major reason for that.

    Update : I recieved a 5 on the AP test, thanks in part to this book. Shocker of the year. Hope this helps someone make a decision in buying a study guide. Good luck! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375763880
    Sales Rank: 8982
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Advanced placement programs (Education)    3. Examinations    4. Examinations, questions, etc    5. Psychology    6. Study Aids    7. Study Guides    8. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    AP Statistics: An Apex Learning Guide, 2003-2004
    by Kaplan
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 2003)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
    I have taken a year of AP Statistics, and I'm about to take the the AP test. I bought this books because somebody recommended it because of how good Kaplan books usually are. I was truly disappointed with this book. The review material did not feel like review material at all, but just random formulas and facts bunched together. I would recommend getting the Baron's Statistics book instead. It's a good book to prepare you for the AP. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0743241525
    Sales Rank: 632459
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. College entrance achievement tests    3. Examinations    4. Examinations, questions, etc    5. Mathematical statistics    6. Probability & Statistics - General    7. Statistics    8. Study Aids    9. Study Guides   


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    Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2004-2005 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
    by Madhuri S. Mulekar
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (13 January, 2004)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Most disappointing
    I've been using Princeton's prep book for my AP European History, Calculus, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics; SAT and ACT. Because I trusted Princeton Review, I immediately chose this book as a preparation for my AP Statistics Test(which will be tomorrow.. gosh. I should be studying right now, not writing a review.) Sample Free Response Questions are just awful. Moreover, answers are awful too. Sample FR questions show almost no relevent to the test and the answer explanations are way too confusing that I don't even know what they are talking about.

    I trusted them, and I will. But I am disapppointed on this one. I would prefer my text over this one (which was opposite for other subjects) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375763902
    Sales Rank: 16293
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. College entrance achievement tests    3. Examinations    4. Examinations, questions, etc    5. Mathematical statistics    6. Probability & Statistics - General    7. Statistics    8. Study Aids    9. Study Guides    10. Study Aids / Advanced Placement   


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    Cliffs AP & Economics Micro & Macro
    by Ronald Pirayoff
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    Sales Rank: 857782
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Study Aids    3. Study Aids-Advanced Placement    4. Study Guides   


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    How to Prepare for the Ap Examin Human Geography (Barron's How to Prepare for the Ap Human Geography Advanced Placement Exam)
    by Peter S. Alagona, Meredith Marsh
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A LIFESAVER!
    This is a wonderful study guide. I hardly paid attention in class the whole year. Nor did I keep up with the reading. The weekend before the AP Exam, I read this book and did all the practice questions and essays. I ended up getting a 5 (the highest grade possible)! This book works miracles! Highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, especially for the terminology.
    I found this book very helpful in getting all the Human Geography terminology down. That includes the different theories and names of map projections, ect.

    The big difference I found between the tests in this book and those on the exam is that in the exam you have to know more general knowledge about the world. The questions are more like "which of these countries exports the most sugar?" or ""which are the two most populous Australian states?" Those questions mean one has to have a general understanding about a lot of geographical things in the world already - the book can't teach that.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Need It
    I'm a *freshman* and I have just finished taking AP Human Geography exam, and it was easy. I used my notes and vocabulary the most to study, and when our class looked at the review book together, even my teacher thought it was stupid. She said "This book is just the released exam rewritten and priced at $20!" So I wouldn't buy it, but if you are at a study session at a bookstore and have extra time, grab it, glance through it to see vocab words your textbook doesn't have, and put it back up when you leave. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764120948
    Sales Rank: 81561
    Subjects:  1. Advanced Placement    2. Examinations    3. Human Geography    4. Study Aids    5. Study Guides    6. Test Prep   


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