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Reviews for Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation):

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April 5, 2014

Handy but Slightly Lacking
The layout is different from Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam book. This one doesn't have end-of-chapter quizzes (which come in handy) and the practice tests focus more on modern history (not enough on Caesar and before to be comfortable for a test). Easy to read otherwise.
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Apr 02, 2012

I took the AP World History test in 2011 and I credit this book for helping me get a 5! I picked up the 2009 edition from Half Price books at the beginning of the school year and read it in the weeks leading up to the test (not like I had a choice though, my teacher actually required us to read it) and it was a HUGE help. The authors worded things in a way that was easy for me to understand and oftentimes amusing (for example, when they were talking about how Commodore Matthew Perry opened up I took the AP World History test in 2011 and I credit this book for helping me get a 5! I picked up the 2009 edition from Half Price books at the beginning of the school year and read it in the weeks leading up to the test (not like I had a choice though, my teacher actually required us to read it) and it was a HUGE help. The authors worded things in a way that was easy for me to understand and oftentimes amusing (for example, when they were talking about how Commodore Matthew Perry opened up Japan to trade, they added in parentheses after his name: "not the one from Friends". I laughed). The history review was very helpful itself; the outlines at the beginning of each chapter helped me find what I was looking for fairly quickly, and the gray boxes helped me focus on the important concepts of each time period (I'm pretty sure one of the essays I had to write pertained exactly to information inside one of those gray boxes). Also, being a visual person, the maps, graphs, charts, and timelines helped me better understand what was going on and helped me chronologically organize everything in my brain. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you are planning to take the WHAP exam. :)

PS: I actually liked this book so much that I still have it, even though I've already taken the WHAP test. Is that weird? Maybe it's just because I'm kind of a history buff. Oh well. ...more
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May 12, 2014

Not what I was looking for
I bought this book for the practice tests in the back and all of those questions were absolutely horrible and did not help me on my exam. If you want a book on strategies, this may help you, but overall there are some better options.
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June 17, 2014

Not so good as other AP "Cracking" books from Princeton.
Great information on how to take the test, FRQs and DBQs. Not very strong on content. Just not the quality I have come to expect from Princeton Review.
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May 14, 2014

Amazing Review Chapters....Don't take the practice tests...
I'm not sure who Princeton Review hired to write the practice tests in the back, but I can assure you they are nothing like the actual AP Exam. They are WAY too detailed and focus too much on modern history. I've taken official Collegeboard practice tests and they are completely different.

Content-wise, this book was really amazing. It's entertaining and easier to read than others. It goes too much into detail sometimes, but usually it's the perfect amount of detail. I'm not sure how much of the Modernization section I'll need on the exam, but it seemed a tad excessive at points. Overall, really great review though.
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Jul 30, 2016

So I usually don't rate books like this as a rule, but I think my recent inactivity warrants it.

I bought this book on a whim online. I'm usually very confident academically when it comes to the social sciences, but I was feeling anxious since this was my first AP exam and being a chronic overachiever, I wanted to ensure success.

Now, this book isn't excessively detailed, and probably not beneficial for self-studiers or those who haven't yet taken the course. But for me, it was ideal. I needed So I usually don't rate books like this as a rule, but I think my recent inactivity warrants it.

I bought this book on a whim online. I'm usually very confident academically when it comes to the social sciences, but I was feeling anxious since this was my first AP exam and being a chronic overachiever, I wanted to ensure success.

Now, this book isn't excessively detailed, and probably not beneficial for self-studiers or those who haven't yet taken the course. But for me, it was ideal. I needed strengthening the "big-picture" of each period, and some obscure details (Julia you better be grateful for me mentioning the Bantu migrations on our way to the library to take the exam) that my somewhat inexperienced teacher hadn't covered in class. I didn't really read the essays portion, since that was my strongest area, but from I've heard it helps.

So while I can't completely attribute my getting a 5 to reviewing this book, it definitely boosted my chances. ...more
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May 27, 2011

Can I even begin to tell you how AWESOME this book was? I had a really good teacher this year, but the textbook was incredibly dry and the only book I've ever fallen asleep on because I was bored, rather than I was tired. And I was freaking out about the exam.
So I got this.
And loved it.
While still freaking out, it was one of the few times history actually held at least some interest to me. It did a marvelous job of grouping and explaining, and it had a sense of humor too. It spoke ENGLISH for Can I even begin to tell you how AWESOME this book was? I had a really good teacher this year, but the textbook was incredibly dry and the only book I've ever fallen asleep on because I was bored, rather than I was tired. And I was freaking out about the exam.
So I got this.
And loved it.
While still freaking out, it was one of the few times history actually held at least some interest to me. It did a marvelous job of grouping and explaining, and it had a sense of humor too. It spoke ENGLISH for sheesh, not whatever language the historians use. Read the whole thing in about a week.
We have yet to see if I pass or not, but either way, I credit everything to this book!
(And I have no idea why I'm posting it on goodreads.) ...more
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Apr 10, 2016

I'll rate it once I get my scores back, but this was a great review book overall!
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Jun 03, 2014

This prep book was amazingly thorough, and got me a 5 on the test! The practice tests really prepare you for the real thing. A must-have for all AP World H. students.
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October 9, 2013

Teacher Recommended
My son is taking this class in 9th grade and the teacher recommended this book as a supplement. Great suggestion. He loves the class and has already received a 105% on a test and 106% on a chart. His average for class is well above 100%. I picked up the flash cards too. They are great. They look great, have lots of materials, and he loves them.
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December 9, 2013

This review book
This book is very helpful. I have used some other review books previous, like I have borrowed some from teachers or friends. I mean I like the few jokes they have in this book, but one thing that i would really enjoy are review questions after each chapter. I am using this book to help prepare for the unit tests so far, and it would be super helpful if those questions were there, to ensure that i truly am knowledgeable in each unit. So far, they do an outstanding job summarizing each unit. It gives you awesome tips and helps people prepare for essays, and the quiz.
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October 6, 2013

Meh.
It is helpful with my textbook but doesn't match the chapters. It would be better if it did because some information gets jumbled up. I know it doesn't matter by the time of the AP test, but for school tests it gets messy.
Also, there's not as much material as i expected. Too much is focused on the essays.
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July 3, 2014

but judging from the fact that he even peeped up and said it was nice to have the practice tests
Bought this for my younger brother taking the AP World History Exam. He's kind of a quiet one, but judging from the fact that he even peeped up and said it was nice to have the practice tests, I'll go ahead and consider that a 4 star.
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August 18, 2014

Got a 5!
Got this for my daughter at her teacher's recommendation, along with the practice question book. She got a B in the class without the book, but got a 5 on the AP exam, thanks to these books. Well worth buying.
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July 14, 2016

She got a 5, so I guess it helped :-)
My daughter used this as part of her studying for the AP WH exam. She got a 5, so I guess it helped :-)
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May 23, 2014

Helpful
even though it was a suggestion by my son's teacher and somewhat mandatory purchase...he's glad that we did because it was very helpful - good investment in your students' academic success, I think!
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June 26, 2018

Four Stars
My sound found it useful.
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June 3, 2014

This book is key to success
I have never gotten an AP Review book. All I can say is that I loved the book so much. I appreciated that in the beginning they help you on how to approach questions. It helped a lot. And the history was the biggest thing they simplified. They would reference historical references back and forth, and it really kept me in check. I annotated the history chapters, and it helped. All in all, I loved this book. I give it 6 stars (:
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February 27, 2014

Paperback different from Kindle version
So the kindle version of this prep book is the 2014 prep book, but when I try to buy the paperback version, it redirects me to the 2015 version for next year! I'm wondering if anyone else is having the same problem...
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August 15, 2015

Three Stars
necessary for school
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August 21, 2014

Good guide
Good guide. It was helpful for my brother.
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May 16, 2014

Book is good for what we needed it for.
I purchased this book for my daugher. She needed it to study for a test at school. It was very helpful.
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March 25, 2014

Great for certain needs
It's a good resource if your like me and can't seem to focus on wordy texts. It contains simple straight to the point examples and explanations.......but it had too many pages so I'm unmotivated to read it
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June 28, 2016

Good Review Book
I bought this for my teaching certification exam in my content area, the site recommended this book for the ABCTE History exam. It's a good all-in-one source. I do wish there was short chapter or section exams to practice how much you've retained or need to work on; at the end of the book there is two practice exams though. I bought this book used, it arrived in good condition and very affordable too.
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October 24, 2015

Very Good
Very good condition, thanks!

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