AP Psychology + Physics

<p>I want to take the AP Psychology but I haven't taken a class for it. What is the best book to study for the exam out of Barrons, Princeton Review, or Kaplan?</p>

<p>Also I'm taking a college Physics course which I get college credit for. The problem is, I might not get credit from the college I want to go to. Should I take the AP Physics exam and if so which one should I take B or C?</p>


<p>AP Psych: The barron's book is best for content review (it will cover everything you need nicely and not much you don't). The review multiple choice questions are really good too, but there just aren't that many of them. (20 content-review questions per chapter, plus two practice exams containing 100 questions each) If you want more practice questions, it's good to get a released exam (if you can). I have one I can send you. PR is pretty similar to Barron's, and has some good diagrams too, but I'm less familiar with it so I don't know how good it is. My psych teacher reviewed a bunch of books though, for comparison, and he decided ultimately that Barron's was without a doubt the best.</p>

<p>Oh, and the biggest difference between B and C is that C includes calculus and B is only algebra and trigonometry in terms of the math. If you have no exposure to calculus-based physics, then B is better. C is a little bit more advanced than B, but it may be comparable to your course. Also, I believe that credit is more widely awarded for the Physics C exam. Another big difference (that was very significant in my case, but not for most people): when you take Physics C, you are given two scores (one on the Mechanics section, and one on the Electricity and Magnetism component). This was really critical for me, because I got a 5 on Mechanics and a 1 on E&M (I know, it's really pathetic). If I had taken the B exam, even though it's slightly easier and covers less area, I probably would have gotten a 3 and not received any credit at all. Instead, my college awards credit to students with a 4 on both parts (ha!) or a 5 on Mech. So I actually managed to get credit! But really, if you are comfortable with calculus (basic differential stuff, mostly) then you should take C; if not, or if you just feel more comfortable with the B exam, then go for that. Hope this helps!</p>

<p>Thats great about the Psych exam. That would be great if you could send me that practice exam. I think I'll get the barrons. I was thinking that would be the best book but wasn't sure. </p>

<p>And I guess I'll take the B if I end up taking it. My class is most definately algebra and trig based. </p>

<p>On last question. If do take the physics exam what book would you recommend for it. For this I'm looking for a book that hits the main parts of the exam and that I can get through it fairly quickly.</p>

<p>Thanks a lot.</p>

<p>I really wouldn't know. My teacher highly recommended the blue Kaplan Physics B book, and used it in class, so everyone was required to have it. However, I wasn't really paying attention so I can't give my own opinion on the book; I'll just say that my teacher thought it was very good and especially preferred it to the barron's.</p>

<p>I took AP Psych last year through self-study and I got a 5. I've only used Barron's but a used the reference section of the book 5 steps to a 5 Psychology. If I were you I would utilize both of them before the tests so that you feel completely within the 5 range... just a thought.. :)</p>