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Best way to study APUSH to get a 5 on exam?

AlwaysTiredAlwaysTired Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2008 in AP Tests Preparation
For those of you who have gotten a 5 on the APUSH exam or 750+ on the SAT II, how did you study to achieve that score?

What do you think is the best way to study APUSH and get a 5 on the exam? Timelines? Review Book? Flashcards with terms, definition, and importance?

Please recommend some resources that have aided you in getting a 5 or 750+ on the tests. Also, please state how long you have used it and how greatly it helped.

Lastly, what is the best way to read the textbook and remember/understand everything (or almost everything)?
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Replies to: Best way to study APUSH to get a 5 on exam?

  • AlwaysTiredAlwaysTired Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    Also, what dates should I bother remembering? Right now, I only know the date of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) :P
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    AMSCO book. That's how I did it. =)
  • thorps517thorps517 Posts: 119Registered User Junior Member
    kyle, how well did u know the amsco book? like really really well with all the details or just got the main ideas and concepts from the chapters?

    there are 650+ pages and its a LOT of boring material to read.
  • burnedout21burnedout21 Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    focus alot on social and cultural history. I was amazed at the number of pointless questions on the AP exam. Definitely know women's rights and civil rights in general. Also, books which discuss society in some way are important to know. And then there are some questions that are just bs. What I did was focus on the most obscure stuff possible bc I figured that the big stuff like the Civil War and WWII would be fairly straightforward, and thankfully they were. good luck.
  • theshonen8899theshonen8899 Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    I think the AMSCO book is a nice read...
    Much easier to understand than the pagent.
  • wis3lywis3ly Posts: 761Registered User Member
    Read AMSCO, and you'll get a 5. That's how I did it.
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    kyle, how well did u know the amsco book? like really really well with all the details or just got the main ideas and concepts from the chapters?

    More than just the main ideas/concepts, but not all the nitpicky details. I tended to remember a lot of the details anyway. They aren't necessary for the exam, though. While the book may seem long, it really isn't so bad -- there are lots of spaces with the sections and subsections, and many of the pages are quiz pages, DBQ pages, practice exam pages, etc. so it's much shorter than it seems.

    I read up through the 1950s in the AMSCO book the day before the SAT II and got about a 700 on it; then, I wanted to study more for the AP exam, so I ended up re-reading the book (this time with less scrutiny) but still couldn't get to the last few decades. I got a 5. This is what I'd do if I were to do it all over again: read all the post-colonial stuff first, since then I'd feel like going all the way through the 80s (which is about where the exam material drops off). Then I'd go back to the colonial stuff, which is not as important as the stuff after it.
  • stevenjmstevenjm Posts: 91Registered User Junior Member
    760 on SAT II and 5 on AP. Reread textbook several times (american Pagent), took notes on sections
  • googol123googol123 Posts: 171Registered User Junior Member
    I read the textbook once, took notes and then reviewed it before the test. No review books/outlines/all that crap. Honestly if you read the book carefully it's really not a hard test at all.
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    To be honest, I didn't read the last 10 chapters of the textbook (American Pageant). I didn't re-read any of the chapters. AMSCO worked fine.
  • Rainbow PianoRainbow Piano Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    How can I get an AMSCO book? I can't seem to find it on Amazon.
  • affleaffle Posts: 198Registered User Junior Member
    I read some of American Pageant, but I'd say only about half of it. The REA review book = life. It has way more than you need to know and you should completely skip over the long-winded military discussions, but overall its good. I ended up with a 800 SAT II and a 5 AP, and I'm not a history fan, so trust me when I say REA is good.
  • raimiusraimius Posts: 2,360Registered User Senior Member
    My class did a 4-5 page outline on each chapter of the American Pageant and practiced writing a DBQ a few times. It was extremely time consuming, but all but one of us got a 4 or 5. The 4's were mostly people who did not do all the work. This is definitely not the easiest or quickest way, but you WILL know the material by the time you finish!
  • AlwaysTiredAlwaysTired Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    Would you guys recommend reviewing every week out of the prep book? How should I study for a 10 chapter mid-term?
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    The AMSCO book might not help you as much on a midterm, since it's probably based on your textbook and not AMSCO. Review books can help, though.
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