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Best Prep Book for AP World History

Mastermind93Mastermind93 Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2013 in AP Tests Preparation
If anyone has received a 5 or 4 in their AP world history exams, can you tell me if you used a prep book and what kind. It's my first year taking APs so I'm unsure what I'm supposed to know.

Do you have to do specific dates like Shang Dynasty happend in 2370 B.C.E, etc?
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  • EquilibriumEquilibrium Posts: 1,215Registered User Senior Member
    PR or Barrons

    Go to Barnes and Noble and flip through both and see which u like best.

    PR is less detailed and easier to read
    Barrons = more detailed and a lil harder to read

    No SPECIFIC dates will be tested, but you need to have a general sense of dates / time period events / things were happening.
  • PBushPBush Posts: 681Registered User Member
    No dates.

    I got a 5 and an 800 in it. I took it as a sophomore and it was my first AP. I used Barron's which I really like if you want a very high score and also want to use it to complement your high school class. PR is also really well written though. Nice thematic review approach. Honestly, for most ppl PR will be more than enough but if you are a masochist, go for Barron's. If you don't get a 5 after really studying Barron's, you have a problem.

    Most important though in WH is the big picture. Details are helpful but the big picture is what gets you through the test.
  • justaverage010justaverage010 Posts: 442Registered User Member
    PR, for sure. I used it and I got a 5.

    Like the others said, no specific dates just the general time periods and trends.
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  • manu101manu101 Posts: 592Registered User Member
    Definitely use Princeton Review- it got me a 5. It provides a really nice review of world history and outlines the trends for you. Like the others said, no specific dates are necessary.
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  • AcademicterrorAcademicterror Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    You don't really need a prep book. I didn't use one and I maintained a 98 average each quarter. I only got 2 b's on 2 tests and 4 b's on 4 quizzes the whole year. I got a 5 on the AP exam (the test was joke compared to my class- even then my class was pretty easy). My school also has one of top ap programs in the country.

    My advice is do all the work. Look for patterns/concepts; don't look at history as being stupid or dumb where you only memorize facts. HISTORY IS NOT ABOUT MEMORIZING FACTS- IT'S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING CONCEPTS/RELATIONSHIPS!!

    Learn how to write the dbqs- most people in my class had trouble with this b/c they didn't understand concepts being discussed so they could analyze info on their own. All they did was memorize facts (dates, this person did this and ect). These were some of the smartest people in my grade too (the Straight A overachiever kids that cried about getting a low A on a test- no joke). Don't use a Prep book for world- I think using the Prep book takes away from the process of learning where you analyze info and come to conclusions on your own (aka discovering relationships/concepts in history).

    If you truly learn the material and UNDERSTAND it you won't need a prep book. I started out with C's on my dbqs 1st and 2nd quarter. I tried to understand why I was getting the C's and gradually I started getting A's on the dbqs/COT(this was easier than the dbq 4 me) by the end of 3rd quarter.

    LAST ADVICE- CONCEPTS NOT FACTS (YOU WON'T NEED TO MEMORIZE EXACT DATES FOR THE COT ESSAY JUST A GENERAL TIME PERIOD OF THE EVENT)
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Posts: 2,741Registered User Senior Member
    I bought PR since i was worry about doing well on the test. However, when I read it, it was so less detailed, not sufficient to help me do well on the FR portion. What really helped me most was my textbook. Even though it's long, it has such a wealth of information and i was able to use that to write my essays. Because of that, I received a 5. If you don't like reading a textbook to prepare for ap exam, then i probably would recommend barrons since i heard it contains a lot of information.
  • Greg516Greg516 Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    I worked through the Barron's book during April-May this year and got a 4 on the AP test. In retrospect, I think I would have been better off using the Princeton Review. I opened it and it seemed a little unprofessional (table of contents: "Really Old Stuff") so I bought the Barron's instead. Later I flipped through the PR book and it was easier to read. Barron's gives you too much information that you don't need.

    tl;dr: Use the Princeton Review.
  • _daniel_daniel Posts: 663Registered User Member
    I used PR and i got a 4. if i would have thoroughly studied it instead of skimming, i would have gotten a 5 for sure.
  • andoverhopeful14andoverhopeful14 Posts: 36Registered User New Member
    I have a 2009 PR book, is that sufficient? or should i get a new one
  • TajmahalTajmahal Posts: 31Registered User New Member
    I read the whole Barron's book and studied it carefully. I honestly read cover to cover and spent a whole month reading it. I just got my ap score back, and I got a 3. The book didn't help me with any of the multiple choice questions. However, it did help me on the essays. Overall, I'm just frustrated because I spent a month studying really hard, and I don't know what my problem is. :-S
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