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Good resources for my AP's?

WannaBYalieWannaBYalie Registered User Posts: 307 Member
edited December 2009 in AP Tests Preparation
So I have finally compiled a list of resources to buy for my AP's, and was wondering if I found the best materials. These are all independent study, btw:

AP Euro:
-Modern European History (Viault)
-Princeton Review
-A History of Western Society: Since 1300 (mcKay and others): is this the right book and edition?

AP World:
-World Civilizations: The Global Experience (World Civilizations Vol. 1, Stearns): Is this the right volume or do I need volume 2? Will this book get me a 5?

-Princeton Review

AP Art History:
-The Annotated Mona Lisa
-Gardner's Art Through The Ages
-REA (2nd edition)?

AP Comparative Gov:
-the Ethel Woods book (4th edition-the latest one)
-Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (Kesselman)

AP Macro and Micro Economics:
-So far only the Princeton Review book, any other suggestions? Like a textbook?

Thanks! And if you have other suggestions I would greatly appreciate it :)

Also: Is there anything out there to self-study AP English Lit? Like a textbook or a good review book? I haven't really seen much.

Post edited by WannaBYalie on

Replies to: Good resources for my AP's?

  • FallenAngel9FallenAngel9 Registered User Posts: 2,429 Senior Member
    I can't help you with the others, but for AP Euro you made a great choice with McKay. We used that textbook in my class and it was essentially the basis of studies for the subject. McKay (+ Barron's at the end) got me a 5 on the exam.

    So I can tell you that you have chosen some good resources for AP Euro. Sorry I can't help with the others, though.
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    you're set. Well for world history, you need volume 2 since volume 1 will only cover half of the apwh material.
  • WannaBYalieWannaBYalie Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    @Jerrry: So the text is fine, but I need both volumes? That's a ton of pages :P Anything I can skip?

    @FallenAngel9: Okay, thanks! So this is the right edition and book? I know there are a lot out there, so I want to make sure I got the right one.

  • scrivenerscrivener Registered User Posts: 797 Member
    What's the best prep book for AP Euro???? Barrons? PR? I already have modern european history...
  • thatguyinclassthatguyinclass Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    definitely use 5 steps to a 5 for the Economics. Don't give it any second thought, just buy it!
  • bumblebumble Registered User Posts: 700 Member
    100% agree with thatguyinclass =] i love that book, helped me ace every test we've had so far.
  • nightvisitornightvisitor Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    AP World is a pretty easy test content wise imo, DBQ's were the only thing i had trouble with. I never studied for the test or ever took notes in class and just read through assigned chapters in our book and ended up with a 5. I think just reading chapter summaries (Stearns textbook) will be enough to get you a 5. They can be accessed online at Student Resources
  • WannaBYalieWannaBYalie Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    Thanks everyone :)

    And Nightvisitor, what chapter in Stearns did you go to? That link was super helpful, and I plan on printing out all of the summaries, but I also ordered the textbook. Do I need to read all 36 chapters for the test?
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    You have to read all the chapters. I know it's about 1000 pages, but a bunch of APWH students have to go through with that, unless they go by study guides. Hope you do well on the APWH exam.
  • WannaBYalieWannaBYalie Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    Thanks, jerrry4445, and I assume you are referring to the AP edition? Cuz there are like 50 different texts from Stearns and searching through them all is really annoying (I don't want to spend _too_ much). I could get volume one and two for like $10, but I don't want to read two whole volumes. Maybe I'll try abe books and see what I can find.
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