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Kaplan or Princeton Review

milkimilki Posts: 1,063Registered User Senior Member
edited December 2006 in AP Tests Preparation
I just created my account, so Pardon me if such a thread exists.

I'm taking AP US Government and Politics. Since this is my first AP Class (as I'm a Freshmen), I don't know which to chose.

Which is better (Kaplan or Princeton Review) ? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both ?

I actually enjoy Govt. Class and have well over 95% (usually).

My Dad wants me to buy both, so should I just do that ?

Also Buy.com reports a new Kaplan version will be out right after Christmas. Is there any use in waiting for that ?
http://www.buy.com/prod/Kaplan_AP_Us_Government_Politics_2007_An_Apex_Learning_Guide/q/loc/106/202608797.html
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Replies to: Kaplan or Princeton Review

  • milkimilki Posts: 1,063Registered User Senior Member
    Anyone have a clue ?
  • sigurrossigurros Posts: 1,439Registered User Member
    I'm using the CliffsAP U.S. Government and Politcs. Im not sure if its better than the Princeton Review or Kaplan book but it seems sufficient to me.
  • BoelterHallBoelterHall Posts: 2,926Registered User Senior Member
    Kaplan is way too easy most of the time. Princeton Review is excellent in nailing the key points.

    Do get both (Kaplan as the first guide to get comfortable with basics, then PR to get the rest)

    If you're interested, I believe you would get this amount of knowledge from ..

    Kaplan - 25%
    PR - 50%
    Barron - 25%

    If you want a high 4 or 5, do get Barrons. But this is Government, so I would think this is how you would do best:

    Kaplan - 25%
    PR - 35%
    Notecards - 20%
    Sparknotes - 20%

    Good luck!
  • FutureProfFutureProf Posts: 158Registered User Junior Member
    Do PR first...I have the AP Govt book and it covers everything. If that's not enough, then get Kaplan.
  • milkimilki Posts: 1,063Registered User Senior Member
  • rockermcrrockermcr Posts: 14,670Registered User Senior Member
    How hard is AP gov and politics to do for self-study? I want to take 3 science classes next year, so i won't have room in my schedule for it, but I want to do it by independent study. Are there any good studybooks out there?
  • milkimilki Posts: 1,063Registered User Senior Member
    Well, It seems pretty easy for me (and I'm a Freshman!)
  • rockermcrrockermcr Posts: 14,670Registered User Senior Member
    That's good! Are the studybooks for it effective and easy to use?
  • milkimilki Posts: 1,063Registered User Senior Member
    Study Books as in Prep Books. I don't know. Haven't tried them yet.
  • milkimilki Posts: 1,063Registered User Senior Member
    Kaplan is way too easy most of the time. Princeton Review is excellent in nailing the key points.

    Do get both (Kaplan as the first guide to get comfortable with basics, then PR to get the rest)

    If you're interested, I believe you would get this amount of knowledge from ..

    Kaplan - 25%
    PR - 50%
    Barron - 25%

    If you want a high 4 or 5, do get Barrons. But this is Government, so I would think this is how you would do best:

    Kaplan - 25%
    PR - 35%
    Notecards - 20%
    Sparknotes - 20%

    Good luck!


    So would getting Princeton Review, Kaplan and Barrons be a good choice ?
  • BoelterHallBoelterHall Posts: 2,926Registered User Senior Member
    Your priorities should be:
    - Textbook / Teacher
    - Kaplan
    - PR
    - Barron

    Try to do all of them, or at least read all of them well before the AP test. It will help you not only for AP, but for your school tests.

    Read Barron only if you are seriously striving for a 5.
  • Jman2306Jman2306 Posts: 2,489Registered User Senior Member
    I'm taking AP US Govt too. Our teacher swears by Barron's (she assigned everyone in my class last year's Barron's book), but I got the Princeton Review one for myself.

    The Barron's books always seem to have the most information, which could be a bad thing. Kaplan is short, sweet, and to the point. And Princeton Review is in between those two.
  • TangyTartTangyTart Posts: 530Registered User Member
    I would use PR. It's the best book for government IMHO. The thing is, a review book is simply not enough for the AP Government exam. It is the hardest exam w/o a doubt in terms of % of people getting a 5. You need to do some online research to help prep for the exam. Good luck!
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