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List of the best review books

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  • nhsharvardnhsharvard 1757 replies190 threads Senior Member
    If you're taking an AP class, take the subject test that corresponds to it, if you're good at that subject. For example, I took the US History subject test in May, and I scored a 720. I used the Cracking the AP US History Exam book and the Barrons book(subject test book). I also attended my APUSH teacher's cram sessions.

    The APUSH REA is good, but it's a bit too thick. I think the subject test book is the same, but a little bit smaller.
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    Okay, if you make a recommendation, include a legend, possibly a comment, and the score you got in that subject test.
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  • Iildimsum7Iildimsum7 370 replies49 threads Member
    with a TI 83 or higher, u can easily get an 800. just download programs from ticalc.org
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  • why740why740 11 replies2 threads New Member
    lol at Ilidimsum7...thats funny...i doubt it...u must have gotten a 600 or somethin
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  • anyhanyh 150 replies11 threads Junior Member
    Math 2c
    Barrons : F(not slightly but way harder than the real), H (8 practice tests)
    got 800

    Chemistry
    Princeton Review : B,C
    easy, brief, lack of explanation, not consists of all highschool chem materials, but Good for learning material you don't know.
    3rd practice test is very hard because the book does not deal with many materials in the 3rd practice test. ( i got 550)
    I got 760 for the real SAT2
    I think it's really hard to get 800 if you only study PR
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  • Iildimsum7Iildimsum7 370 replies49 threads Member
    Actually, i got a 700 without knowing too much of the facts. the ti program from ticalc.org instantly solves hard problems and it has lists of facts for reference. i never used a ti program yet on the test
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    LEGEND

    A - Accurate practice tests.
    B - Good for learning material you don't know.
    C - Easy to read and understand.
    D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
    E - Teacher recommendation.
    F - Slightly harder than the real thing. (Write F+ if it's a lot harder than the real thing)
    G - Good practice questions (outside of the practice tests)
    H - A lot of practice tests (more than 4)


    English Literature:

    U.S. History:


    - Sparknotes Review Book with 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.
    Recommender's score: 790.

    - Princeton Review (AP) (G)
    Great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)

    - Kaplan (A, B, C, D, G)
    Read it cover to cover a week before the exam and felt really prepared. It really helps for stuff you didn't cover in class.
    Recommender's score: 790.

    - AMSCO (AP) (B, C, E)
    It is the most conversational textbook-ish thing I've ever read. Amazing at reviewing material. The practice tests are helpful for review, even though they are AP practice tests. Note: The recommender for this book is the same as the one for the Barron's book.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    - Barron's (F+, H)
    This book is MUCH harder than the real thing, and the recommender got 30-40 mistakes on each practice test despite getting an 800 for the actual test. Use if if you want to be very well prepared, but do not fret over a bad score, because it is highly inaccurate. Note: The recommender for this book is the same as the one for the AMSCO book.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:


    - Barron's (E, F+) Rec 2: (F+, H)
    Almost everyone uses it and my teacher recommends it, even though it's COMPLETELY unrealistic (because it's a lot harder). But, because it's so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully, and the real thing is a breeze.
    Recommender 2's comment: Very much harder than the real thing, but with 8 practice tests.
    Recommender 2's score: 800.

    Biology E:

    Biology M:


    - Princeton Review (B, E) Rec 2: (B, C, D, F, G)

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D) Rec 2: (A, C)
    1: The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.
    2: Some extra information, but not too much.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    - Princeton Review (A, B, G) Rec 2: (B, C)
    Recommender's score: 770.
    Recommender 2's comment: Lacks some information, and is extremely brief and easy. However, it's good to use to learn material you don't know. The third practice test contains a lot of material that was not covered by the book, and is thus very difficult. This book isn't enough for someone who wants to get an 800.
    Recommender 2's score: 760.

    Physics:


    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    - Kaplan (B, C)
    Good for acquiring a general knowledge of previously unknown material, however the Princeton Review book is required for more in-depth knowledge. Practice tests are much easier than the real thing.

    - Princeton Review (A)
    Explanation of concepts is hard to understand, but practice tests are extremely accurate, although there aren't many of them.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:


    - Princeton Review (A, B, C, D, G)
    The French exam is very centered on grammar, so a lot of the book is focused on that, which makes it a bit dull and boring. However, the practice tests were extremely accurate.
    Recommender's score: 760 (but on the listening exam...)

    French with Listening:

    - Princeton Review (A, C, G)
    The book includes a very short and unhelpful section for students who will take the listening exam, but at least they tried. The book is good for the reading-based portion of the exam.
    Recommender's score: 760.

    - Barron's (B, C)
    This book includes a CD for the listening section, however it has its drawbacks. The same people were used for all the clips on the CD, which is bad because you get used to their voices. This could make you have to strain to listen to the people for the real test. It's better than nothing, though.
    Recommender's score: 760.

    German:

    German with Listening:

    Spanish:


    - Barron's (A, C, D, H)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:

    Listening tests in general:


    - The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests by the College Board (A, H)
    This book is great for the listening tests because it has CDs for all the subjects, and all the exams are taken from previous years. However, it cannot be used for studying because it consists only of practice tests.

    All tests in general:

    - The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests by the College Board (A, H)
    Great practice tests for all the exams. However, there is nothing more in the book except practice tests (one per subject).
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  • iX3demosthenesiX3demosthenes 275 replies24 threads Junior Member
    i rather like barrons for the ush subject test. got me an 800
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    Include a legend.
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  • perpetualmotionperpetualmotion 242 replies51 threads Junior Member
    princeton review for us literature (a, c, d, g)
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    US Lit? Do you mean Lit, or USH?
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  • Iildimsum7Iildimsum7 370 replies49 threads Member
    i have a question for people with the barrons math IIC. i just got it today and took the diagnostic test and got a 24 raw score. i got a 700 on the actual thing. is this normal to do a lot worse?
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  • anyhanyh 150 replies11 threads Junior Member
    ^ I got 15-30 raw scores on the practice tests and got 800 on the real
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  • Iildimsum7Iildimsum7 370 replies49 threads Member
    coool!!!! thanks for your info man
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  • dieharddiehard 10 replies2 threads New Member
    BUMP

    For World History, I reccomend Princeton Review [A,B,C,G]
    This book is awesome because it covers everything in a comprehensive, easy to read, and cohesive review. The practice tests are also really good.
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    ^What score did you get on the exam?

    LEGEND

    A - Accurate practice tests.
    B - Good for learning material you don't know.
    C - Easy to read and understand.
    D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
    E - Teacher recommendation.
    F - Slightly harder than the real thing. (Write F+ if it's a lot harder than the real thing)
    G - Good practice questions (outside of the practice tests)
    H - A lot of practice tests (more than 4)


    English Literature:

    U.S. History:


    - Sparknotes Review Book with 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.
    Recommender's score: 790.

    - Princeton Review (AP) (G)
    Great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)

    - Kaplan (A, B, C, D, G)
    Read it cover to cover a week before the exam and felt really prepared. It really helps for stuff you didn't cover in class.
    Recommender's score: 790.

    - AMSCO (AP) (B, C, E)
    It is the most conversational textbook-ish thing I've ever read. Amazing at reviewing material. The practice tests are helpful for review, even though they are AP practice tests. Note: The recommender for this book is the same as the one for the Barron's book.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    - Barron's (F+, H)
    This book is MUCH harder than the real thing, and the recommender got 30-40 mistakes on each practice test despite getting an 800 for the actual test. Use if if you want to be very well prepared, but do not fret over a bad score, because it is highly inaccurate. Note: The recommender for this book is the same as the one for the AMSCO book.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    World History:

    - Princeton Review (A, B, C, G)
    This book is awesome because it covers everything in a comprehensive, easy to read, and cohesive review.

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:


    - Barron's (E, F+) Rec 2: (F+, H)
    Almost everyone uses it and my teacher recommends it, even though it's COMPLETELY unrealistic (because it's a lot harder). But, because it's so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully, and the real thing is a breeze.
    Recommender 2's comment: Very much harder than the real thing, but with 8 practice tests.
    Recommender 2's score: 800.

    Biology E:

    Biology M:


    - Princeton Review (B, E) Rec 2: (B, C, D, F, G)

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D) Rec 2: (A, C)
    1: The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.
    2: Some extra information, but not too much.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    - Princeton Review (A, B, G) Rec 2: (B, C)
    Recommender's score: 770.
    Recommender 2's comment: Lacks some information, and is extremely brief and easy. However, it's good to use to learn material you don't know. The third practice test contains a lot of material that was not covered by the book, and is thus very difficult. This book isn't enough for someone who wants to get an 800.
    Recommender 2's score: 760.

    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    - Kaplan (B, C)
    Good for acquiring a general knowledge of previously unknown material, however the Princeton Review book is required for more in-depth knowledge. Practice tests are much easier than the real thing.

    - Princeton Review (A)
    Explanation of concepts is hard to understand, but practice tests are extremely accurate, although there aren't many of them.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:


    - Princeton Review (A, B, C, D, G)
    The French exam is very centered on grammar, so a lot of the book is focused on that, which makes it a bit dull and boring. However, the practice tests were extremely accurate.
    Recommender's score: 760 (but on the listening exam...)

    French with Listening:

    - Princeton Review (A, C, G)
    The book includes a very short and unhelpful section for students who will take the listening exam, but at least they tried. The book is good for the reading-based portion of the exam.
    Recommender's score: 760.

    - Barron's (B, C)
    This book includes a CD for the listening section, however it has its drawbacks. The same people were used for all the clips on the CD, which is bad because you get used to their voices. This could make you have to strain to listen to the people for the real test. It's better than nothing, though.
    Recommender's score: 760.

    German:

    German with Listening:

    Spanish:


    - Barron's (A, C, D, H)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:

    Listening tests in general:


    - The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests by the College Board (A, H)
    This book is great for the listening tests because it has CDs for all the subjects, and all the exams are taken from previous years. However, it cannot be used for studying because it consists only of practice tests.

    All tests in general:

    - The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests by the College Board (A, H)
    Great practice tests for all the exams. However, there is nothing more in the book except practice tests (one per subject).
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  • stephi878stephi878 165 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Anyone have suggestions for latin.. there's a very limited resource of latin sat ii books. There's only like two on amazon.com. Thanks!
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  • dieharddiehard 10 replies2 threads New Member
    In World History, I got a 5.
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    This is for the SAT exam, not the AP exam.
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  • dieharddiehard 10 replies2 threads New Member
    Oh, sorry, lol, I was thinking of my AP Exam. My SAT Score was an 800.
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