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THE PRINCETON REVIEW GETS RESULTS. Get all the prep
you need to ace the AP European History Exam with 2 full-length practice
tests, thorough topic reviews, and proven techniques to help you score
higher.
Inside the Book: All the Practice & Strategies
You Need

2 full-length practice tests with
detailed explanations
• Comprehensive subject reviews of core
AP European History concepts, covering three major historical periods:
1450–1815, 1815–1900, and 1900–present

Strategies for cracking both the document-based and free-response
essays
• Detailed answer explanations for the practice test and
all drills
• Step-by-step strategies & techniques for every
section of the exam

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January 26, 2014

An Enjoyable Read About European History.
Although I am not an AP student, I read eight different books about European History for the sake of learning about it. They were as follows: AP European History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course),The Complete Idiot's Guide to European History, 2e,Cracking the AP European History Exam, 2009 Edition (College Test Preparation),CliffsNotes AP European History, 2nd Edition (Cliffs AP),Kaplan AP European History 2013-2014 (Kaplan AP Series),Barron's AP European History, 6th Edition,AP - European History, 2nd ed (Peterson's AP European History), and 5 Steps to a 5 AP European History, 2012-2013 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series). Because I usually read literature that takes place from 15th to 19th centuries, the political and religious climates were unfamiliar to me. I found myself illuminated during my education of European History through the eight books.

Now, my understanding of political and religious climates is much greater than ever before. With the exception of AP European History Crash Course Book, all of the main AP books are more or less the same, and not a single book is superior to the others. Truth be told, I find the text on them to be bogged down with so much information, so it can get pretty boring. Hence, AP European History Crash Course Book is the best book of any because it excises the fat, keeps the information organized, and is filled with many tips from an experienced AP Euro reader.

On the other hand, although the goal of the books is to prepare the students for the AP examination, I feel many of the questions in the main books to be inordinately difficult and mostly nitpicking. They are more geared towards to graduate level students. I just cannot believe that high school students have to be subjected to these type of questions. Some of them aren't covered in the texts, and some of the other questions are just plain minutiae. Taking the practice tests, I usually scored between 50 and 60 with several 60s out of 80. From what I understand in the explanation of the scoring system, it is good enough for a 5 provided that I do reasonably well on the essays. I guess so because achieving a low score like that doesn't really boost confidence in terms of knowing European History well enough.

The test-taking strategies proffered by all of the seven main books aren't much of help because the test-taker's success on the examination boils down to two necessities: the knowledge and memorization of European History and the writing skill. The former is achieved by reading and retaining as much of the information as possible, and the latter is achieved by writing as much as possible. So, you are better off getting the AP European History Crash Course Book.

A negative aspect about the main books is the lack of a chapter or any pre-test analysis of quotes and pictures. That's why I was never able to do well in the questions. Thanks for the lack of preparation, guys! Finally, I compared the older versions with the newer versions of the same book. Guess what? None of the information has changed, only that the cover is different. Therefore, you are wasting your money on the newest version possible and should get an older one for lesser price. Better yet, go to the library and borrow the books for free. All in all, I actually enjoyed reading about the history of Europe, but the main books didn't help very much about getting at least 80% of the questions correctly yet I still got a 5 regardless; what a joke. So, you are better off working with AP European History Crash Course Book if there is only one book you just need.
5

July 12, 2014

... WAY I SURVIVED AP EURO This book was way better than my teacher's textbook was
THE ONLY WAY I SURVIVED AP EURO
This book was way better than my teacher's textbook was. Very clear to read, highlighted the important things (in a very explicit manner, ie "The reasons the French Revolution were important were this, this this and this.) It had timelines at the end of each chapter which were really helpful for studying, and the two practice tests at the end were reason enough to buy the entire book. Highly recommend this! Whether you think you need it or not, it's always great to have another perspective on history things.
(Also, this was great as a supplement to other textbooks, like if I didn't have enough time to read a long section in the normal textbook this was great at giving and overview and hitting the main points)
4

September 15, 2014

Crack with AP Euro Exam with a "5"
My kid was assigned A History of Western Society, Chapters 1-31, 6th Edition by John P. McKay for high school AP European History class. (Be sure to buy your own used copy of that book here on Amazon so you can have a copy at home, my kid has a daily reading assignment from that textbook). I purchased this book "Cracking the AP European History Exam" to supplement high school classroom studies, which is geared towards passing the AP Euro exam. I also purchased CliffsNotes AP European History, 2nd Edition (Cliffs AP), as I wasn't sure which text would be better. In my opinion, you would benefit to get both study guides if you are studying for the AP Euro exam. This book Cracking has better information about how to approach and organize your responses the free-response essay questions FRQs and the document-based essay questions DBQs than the CliffsNotes guide. The content review starts on page 71 and is about 220 pages long, and is pretty good (you will need this content review after going brain-dead reading "A History of Western Society"). There is ample white space along the chapters so you can highlight and annotate in the margins. At the end of each chapter is a timeline to help place all the historic events in a linear format. The timeline is very good, it spans several pages, while the timeline in the CliffsNotes is compressed onto one page. After the timeline, there are about 7 good review questions. The answers and explanations to the review questions are found at the back of the book, reducing the temptation to peek at the answer. The content between Cracking and the CliffsNotes book are about the same. There are some significant differences, for example: in Cracking, the Renaissance and the Reformation are found in one chapter and covered in about 25 pages, whereas in the CliffsNotes book these topics are two separate chapters covered in about 13 pages each. The topic of Humanism is better covered in CliffsNotes than in Cracking. Also the 30 Years War and the Peace of Westphalia are covered in Cracking's Chapter 5 "The Age of Expansion and the Rise of the Monarchical States" instead of in Chapter 4 "The Renaissance and Reformation", whereas in the CliffsNotes book this topic is covered in chapter "The Reformation", where you might expect to find it. It is my understanding you need to know information about The 30 Years War, and if you are only studying topic by topic (say for a class exam) and you don't review Chapter 5 of Cracking, you will miss this topic. The topics of Zwingli and Calvin are better covered in two pages of CliffsNotes rather than on one page of Cracking. In this book there are two full-length practice tests with answers and explanations at the back of the book. After reviewing each chapter and the review questions, my kid checks the full-length tests for the questions pertaining to that specific chapter for additional reinforcement of the concepts. Also at the end of the book there are sample DBQs and FRQs to review. It really helps to review the questions and answers out loud with a friend or family member, because verbalizing the content really helps to commit the information to memory. I also purchased AP® European History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) and Advanced Placement European History Flashcard for additional reinforcement. We also found Tom Richey's AP European History videos on YouTube to be essential as well. Good luck on your AP Euro exam!
5

April 24, 2017

Studying
Good for studying
5

September 13, 2014

This book was awesome. It gave summaries with all the key points ...
This book was awesome. It gave summaries with all the key points and no useless facts like in textbooks that divert your attention from what you actually need to know. There are also review questions at the end of each chunk, so those are good if you're struggling with a specific topic or if you just need to quiz yourself. I didn't do great on the tests in the book, but I still got a 5 :)
5

January 1, 2015

I got a 4, If I would have read it all, I would have gotten a 5
Helped me more than Kagan. I got a 4, but without it I would have probably just gotten a 3. And I only read a part of it. The author's tone is not boring at all!
4

January 25, 2014

My son likes it
He uses everyday when studying AP. It is a very in depth book when it comes to AP European History.
5

August 31, 2014

Five Stars
Thanks
2

May 11, 2014

bad
It's not what I expected. I though it was like a guide to prepare for AP exam. It's a plain book.
1

May 5, 2014

military history
As a new teacher for AP Euro, I came to suspect last year that military history has been excised by the dilettantes who write this exam. Yet I never thought that I would have my suspicions so blatantly verified as by this years Princeton Review, to wit:

"Here is some good news (good is italicized). The AP History Exam doesn't ask specifically about military history. You will never (also italicized) see a question like the one below." Then an example is provided of a, presumably unworthy, military history question about World War I's Battle of Passchendaele.

I am a former college professor and published author. To exclude military history questions is not only profoundly ahistorical, it is breathtakingly foolish, given the transformative impact of warfare on the history of Europe. At the same time, no artist, poet, or activist is so obscure as to be excluded in the same fashion. No student who achieves a 5 on the AP European History examination can plausibly be deemed 'expert' without an expansive acquaintance with that continent's military history.
5

August 21, 2014

Great review book
Great review book, helped me get a 5 on last year's AP Euro Exam. Very detailed, but gives mainly important themes.
3

Nov 28, 2016

Although I am not an AP student, I read eight different books about European History for the sake of learning about it. They were as follows: AP European History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course), The Complete Idiot's Guide to European History, 2e, Cracking the AP European History Exam, 2009 Edition (College Test Preparation), CliffsNotes AP European History, 2nd Edition (Cliffs AP), Kaplan AP European History 2013-2014 (Kaplan AP Series), Barron's AP European Although I am not an AP student, I read eight different books about European History for the sake of learning about it. They were as follows: AP European History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course), The Complete Idiot's Guide to European History, 2e, Cracking the AP European History Exam, 2009 Edition (College Test Preparation), CliffsNotes AP European History, 2nd Edition (Cliffs AP), Kaplan AP European History 2013-2014 (Kaplan AP Series), Barron's AP European History, 6th Edition, AP - European History, 2nd ed (Peterson's AP European History), and 5 Steps to a 5 AP European History, 2012-2013 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series). Because I usually read literature that takes place from 15th to 19th centuries, the political and religious climates were unfamiliar to me. I found myself illuminated during my education of European History through the eight books.

Now, my understanding of political and religious climates is much greater than ever before. With the exception of AP European History Crash Course Book, all of the main AP books are more or less the same, and not a single book is superior to the others. Truth be told, I find the text on them to be bogged down with so much information, so it can get pretty boring. Hence, AP European History Crash Course Book is the best book of any because it excises the fat, keeps the information organized, and is filled with many tips from an experienced AP Euro reader.

On the other hand, although the goal of the books is to prepare the students for the AP examination, I feel many of the questions in the main books to be inordinately difficult and mostly nitpicking. They are more geared towards to graduate level students. I just cannot believe that high school students have to be subjected to these type of questions. Some of them aren't covered in the texts, and some of the other questions are just plain minutiae. Taking the practice tests, I usually scored between 50 and 60 with several 60s out of 80. From what I understand in the explanation of the scoring system, it is good enough for a 5 provided that I do reasonably well on the essays. I guess so because achieving a low score like that doesn't really boost confidence in terms of knowing European History well enough.

The test-taking strategies proffered by all of the seven main books aren't much of help because the test-taker's success on the examination boils down to two necessities: the knowledge and memorization of European History and the writing skill. The former is achieved by reading and retaining as much of the information as possible, and the latter is achieved by writing as much as possible. So, you are better off getting the AP European History Crash Course Book.

A negative aspect about the main books is the lack of a chapter or any pre-test analysis of quotes and pictures. That's why I was never able to do well in the questions. Thanks for the lack of preparation, guys! Finally, I compared the older versions with the newer versions of the same book. Guess what? None of the information has changed, only that the cover is different. Therefore, you are wasting your money on the newest version possible and should get an older one for lesser price. Better yet, go to the library and borrow the books for free. All in all, I actually enjoyed reading about the history of Europe, but the main books didn't help very much about getting at least 80% of the questions correctly yet I still got a 5 regardless; what a joke. So, you are better off working with AP European History Crash Course Book if there is only one book you just need. ...more
4

May 09, 2012

Very good. I feel prepared witha ll this Princeton Review insight.
3

Jun 29, 2012

Prepared me very well for my exam; I used little else and scored a 5.

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