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Best Prep Book For AP Calculus AB?

AimHigh2AimHigh2 Registered User Posts: 600 Member
edited June 2011 in AP Tests Preparation
I've looked through many threads and they all say Princeton Review or Barron's. The reviews are mixed and I would love to single out the prep book that would best prepare me for the AP Calc AB exam. Suggestions?
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Replies to: Best Prep Book For AP Calculus AB?

  • BIRDLOVERSBIRDLOVERS Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Peterson's/ACRO master the AP Calc exam is a good supplement if you're taking the class, so you could take that into consideration too. Personally, my teacher was great, and I didn't even need a prep book at all, but I got Peterson's just to review concepts.
  • iluvpianoiluvpiano Registered User Posts: 2,033 Senior Member
    I have never used PR for Calc, but I did use Barron's. Barron's explains things well, gives you lots of practice problems (like 100 in each of 15 chapters or something) and explains answers, and has practice tests that are harder than the actual AP test. When you get to the AP exam, it's easy. I would recommend Barron's. I haven't gotten my AP score back yet of course, but I'm sure I got a 4 or 5, for sure.
  • FutureEEMajorFutureEEMajor Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    Baron's or Princeton Review are VERY GOOD.
    I used Baron's, BC Calc, and found it gives harder questions so the test seems easier.
    My friend's Princeton covered everything as well but it wasn't as hard.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,990 Senior Member
    Why not just go to calculus class, read the calculus book, do the homework, and take the tests? That worked for me (and we only had BC back then).
  • AimHigh2AimHigh2 Registered User Posts: 600 Member
    Great suggestions. Is it true that Princeton Review's FRQs are weaker than the the actual exam's?
  • jdroidxwjdroidxw Registered User Posts: 294 Junior Member
    I took AP Calculus AB this year and I used PR and kaplan which are good for the MC but not the FRQ. PR has a great section on the MC but the FRQs are way too easy. it doesn't prepare you enough. I've heard Barrons is great though a little more challenging but it beats being under-challenged
  • BIRDLOVERSBIRDLOVERS Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    ^^^ exactly lol
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