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Equip yourself to ace the
AP U.S. History Exam with The
Princeton Review's comprehensive study guideincluding
thorough content reviews, targeted strategies for every question type,
access to our AP Connect portal online, and 2 full-length practice
tests with complete answer explanations.

Written by the
experts at The Princeton Review, Cracking the AP U.S. History
arms you to take on the test and achieve your highest possible
Techniques That Actually Work.

Tried-and-true strategies to help you avoid traps and beat the
• Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically

Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not
Everything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High

• Detailed coverage of the short-answer questions and
source-based multiple-choice questions
• In-depth guidance on
the document-based and long essay questions
• Up-to-date
information on the 2016 exam
• Access to AP Connect, our online
portal for helpful pre-college information and exam
Practice Your Way to Excellence.
full-length practice tests
with detailed answer
• End-of-chapter review questions to test your
retention of the material
• Pacing drills to help you maximize
your points

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Reviews for Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2016 Edition (College Test Preparation):


November 28, 2015

Not updated. Don't Buy.
Book says 2016 edition, but it is NOT current. Be careful. The description of the DBQ essay is incorrect. They slapped a new cover on an old-test book. I think this is called misrepresentation, or fraud.

September 26, 2010

Entertaining read, but didn't help much in the end
This was actually a fun read, compared to the textbook. Unfortunately, I feel like this book did not focus enough on the actual facts that you needed to memorize for the AP Exam. It didn't help much that they didn't give you definitions for the vocabulary review list near the end, and instead tell you to define them yourself, which may not be possible if you are short on time. I felt that the multiple choice on the AP Exam were actually somewhat easier than these, but then near number 60, gained difficulty. The FRQs and DBQs on the AP Exam were relatively easy too, but I still got a 2 on the exam. So, I don't know. But I saw most of my classmates using AMSCO's book, and I knew one girl who got a 4 with it, so it's probably better.

May 29, 2010

Definately not the best.
I really didn't like this book, even though it presented some useful strategies and had a lot of content. The strategies would be taught by any good AP US teacher, and the content was all globbed together, and wasn't in chronological order. It doesn't make sense to me to review different subjects in American history out of order. The exam requires you to understand each ERA in detail, and in some cases, requires you to know particular dates and years. This book didn't review the content in a helpful way. The only use I got out of this book was some good practice from the practice tests. I'd definitely recommend the Kaplan AP US History book, in addition to the corresponding note cards. Since this book didn't click with me, I used the Kaplan notecards to easily review the nitpicky dates, acts, eras, proclamations, etc.

September 7, 2014

Great edition study guide for the APUSH exam in comparison to Barrons
For those of you attempting to decide between the Princeton Review and Barrons editions for any AP study guides, I would definitely recommend the Princeton Review because it covers the important topics without being an overload of information like Barrons. Barrons is admittedly more complex, but for the student looking for a study guide to pass the exam with top marks rather than learning a bunch of overkill information, Princeton Review does the trick. Plus, because it's more manageable due to having less unnecessary information, the Princeton Review copy is easily managed in one whole night of cramming for a somewhat prepared student, as opposed to Barrons.

This book is perfect for a student who hasn't really paid attention all year in class. It worked for me, and helped me ace the test without too much effort, as long as you read the entire study guide from cover to cover and memorize it all.

March 8, 2016

One Star
This contains the wrong DBQ rubric!

May 25, 2010

very long
If you have plenty of time, then this book will be a great product for you. It's a lot bigger than i thought it would be. There is A LOT of information. Okay product, but if you don't have much time, i'd recommend REA's Crash Course.

July 8, 2012

Great review!
First off, I wanted to say that this book does not have everything you need to know for the AP exam. The essays require extremely in depth knowledge of time periods which this doesn't necessarily provide. However, for the multiple choice section, the summary text part is AMAZING. If you read through it before taking the test, you will remember some of the exact wording showing up. This book covers almost all the minor concepts one needs to know for the multiple choice. Will there be a couple random curveballs? Yes. But this book does a great job of preparing the student well. My recommendation is to do all your course material studying first and review this book at the very end to enforce what you already studied and perhaps add to it if you missed a couple of things. To be honest, the practice tests are a good review and you should do them, but they are a little on the easy side. I definitely think this book is worth buying - more valuable than flashcards or even 5 Steps to a 5. it is brief, but still thorough. It helped me a lot on the test.

May 8, 2016

Tremendously helps
I always use Princeton Review when dealing with AP exams. Why? They are easy to understand, to the point, while providing a range of important and necessary information. This book hits everything I have ever talked about in the AP US class I am taking. The practice tests are alright, but I prefer their tactics on how to approach FRQs, LEQs, and SAQs more. You cannot go wrong with this book

August 4, 2016

Excellent Study Guide
I got this book for just a standard US History EOC exam. The book is very thorough, and I really love the note interactions it provides. It's full of specific details and it really does cover what would most likely be on the test. I'll definitely get another one on a different subject when the time comes. Also great to keep after the test, if you want a quick review on an event or person.

May 6, 2016

This was a good review book
This was a good review book, and I felt very prepared for the exam (barring some very random, irrelevant questions that were impossible to predict). However, it does say in the book that very little material will be covered from 1980-2001, and there was a question regarding 2003 events on the test. Not sure if that's Collegeboard's failure to communicate or the book's failure to cover it. I'll update this when I get my score.

September 19, 2017

and was sort of a waste of money
Honestly wasn't that helpful, and was sort of a waste of money. It was only good for looking at the example tests. You are better off doing some practice tests online, and watching some online review videos

April 19, 2016

Worked well for studying for the Praxis
I used this book to study for my Praxis (teaching) exam and it was extremely useful. The information isn't presented in a dry or boring manner and that made my hours of studying much better. This older edition worked just fine for me and saved me a few dollars too.

October 1, 2016

This book saved me. It was about two weeks before the AP (probably less tbh) and I hadn't started studying for the exam. So I read the review book and looked over/reviewed my notes in the little time I had left. I ended up getting a 5! The book covers everything you need to know for the AP, so it's perfect for brushing up on info you forgot about or haven't covered in class. I 100% recommend it.

March 7, 2016

Easy to study with! **UPDATED REVIEW**
When my daughter decided to take AP US History as a sophomore, I knew she'd need all of the help she could get. Sure, she's a great student,but with all Honors and AP courses, she does need some down time every now and then.

As a high school teacher myself, I know that the APUSH test is arguably the hardest of the high school AP exams. My daughter has been doing great with her textbook (and this as a back-up resource) ever since. I bought this version of the exam guide (Princeton Review) because it was recommended by more than 2 teachers in my building. Also, the reviews sounded better than those of similar guides.

Now, you'll need to read the textbook for this course as well as this guide (use this as a supplement and not just an abridged version of the text), but this book will give you extra help for each unit. And trust me, the high school AP US History course covers it ALL and this is a comprehensive guide to all of US History. When it comes to the test in May, studying with this book will help even more. I will update later this summer with my daughter's score, if this guide helped her pass the AP exam.

UPDATE: my daughter passed the APUSH exam after using this guide! It was well-worth the money!

May 6, 2016

All materials were covered on it and I'm satisfy with my
After I went through this book the last week before AP testing, it has helped me review 300+ years of America history in less than a week. Everything underlined was very helpful on the AP exam that I took today. All materials were covered on it and I'm satisfy with my result

November 20, 2016

Worth it
Had minor cosmetic issues however still understandable and worth the price.

May 30, 2016

The book had no relation to the test, it ...
The book had no relation to the test, it was only facts and the rest didn't have as many facts.

November 12, 2015

Three Stars
Just what the high school ordered

September 14, 2015

AMSCO is better. But this one doesn't suck either. Plus it's pretty cheap compared to AMSCO.

September 21, 2017

Four Stars
Super helpful for studying for the AP exams. Best review book I have seen.

August 23, 2016

Four Stars
Got me (a c+ student) a 4 on the APUSH exam.

May 11, 2016

good for big concepts but lacking in specific examples
good for big concepts but lacking in specific examples. I didn't take the practice tests, but the exam was actually a lot easier than I expected

May 7, 2016

Four Stars
My son liked it he said it helped him a lot

May 5, 2016

Four Stars
Very in depth explanations of the answers, but my book is missing pages 39 and 40 (questions 9-19)

May 2, 2016

Very Helpful
Great Help for my daughter as she prepares for AP exam - will update once she takes test and gets results

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