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textbooks for AP econ and psych

bestmornbestmorn Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2010 in AP Tests Preparation
I enroll in a Canadian high school, and unfortuantely my school doesnt offer AP.\
So I planed to do self-study and take the test in May.

Anyways.. can anyone suggest the best textbooks or the textbooks you used for AP economics and psychology?
I see it on the internet that Princeton Review is the best prep book for econ, and Barron's is the best book for psy. But is it gonna work if I only follow the prep books? (I know the questions are probably stupid--the thing is I really have no idea.)
Also, a little advice for how to study and the time frame would be super helpful.
I would really appreciate anyone who helps me out here.
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  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights Posts: 1,644Registered User Senior Member
    The Barron's prep book will work for psych. We use Psychology by David G. Myers. Although it's full of extremely interesting information, it's just too much for the class and exam. For economics, I used the textbook Economics by Krugman and Wells. I had a Princeton Review guide, but it wasn't that helpful. It would have been hard to learn economics directly from that prep book; the textbook did a very good job at clearing things up. I got 5s on both macro and micro, and I'm taking psych right now.
  • bestmornbestmorn Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    I accidently found a list of economics textbooks..

    Book Reviews
    seems like most of the comments are positive.

    anyone wanna comment on that?
  • 082349082349 Posts: 2,228Registered User Senior Member
    I found a teachers' guide on CB and the teachers' guide has lesson guides for each week.

    I'm an international too whose high school doesn't offer APs as well. I'm studying economics in school and I plan to use Economics by Krugman and Wells. I'm taking AP psychology next year too!
  • mermaid123456mermaid123456 Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
    I used the McConnell and Brue Economics books. We didn't use all of the chapters, but the ones we did definitely prepared me adequately for the exams. I don't know if the Princeton by itself is enough for the exam, but it was definitely a good review.

    As for Psych, you don't really need a textbook. The Barrons revew book was enough.
  • MrWheezyMrWheezy Posts: 445Registered User Member
    Hmm from the self-study thread up there, Oasis says PR is enough for a 5 on economics. Personally, I never took the exam and I'm preparing to self-study for economics using PR over winter-break.

    But as for AP Psychology, I have to agree, Barron's Prep book is enough.
  • darkblademasterdarkblademaster Posts: 869Registered User Member
    I used Mankiw's economics textbook for AP, but I personally found it annoyingly wordy. Then again, Mankiw teaches freshman econ at Harvard, and I got 5s on both econ exams, with that book and some studying of past exams.
  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights Posts: 1,644Registered User Senior Member
    PR is not enough for a 5 on economics. You'll be fine for the FRQs, but some of the MCs get into details and situations that PR simply won't prepare you for.
  • leadlolleadlol Posts: 494Registered User Member
    I'd go with 5 Steps to a 5 for Econ.
  • WannaBYalieWannaBYalie Posts: 307Registered User Member
    Anyone else use McConnell and Brue Economics? I am thinking of buying the textbook to self-study. I also have PR and 5 steps to a 5, but I'd like a textbook as well.
  • bestmornbestmorn Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    so Mermaid123456, can you give me a hint which chapters you used in the McConnell and Brue Economics ?
  • winning11winning11 Posts: 64Registered User Junior Member
    I would recommend Mankiw testbook and Samuelson testbook for Econ. You may find these books wordy but they tend to be more inclusive and can help you generate a deeper understanding of the subject. If all you want is a score of 5, just read the Barron's test prep book, which will get you a 5.
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