<p>Of course, some people are gonna like 5 Steps to a 5. A friend of a friend took the test and got a 5 using that book. Personally, I didn't like it. I wasn't planning on using PR, but after using 5 Steps (I highlighted important stuff, I reviewed chapters, I took the little chapter quizzes.. I actually studied), I ordered PR like 2 weeks before the exam.</p>
<p>I had a pretty good teacher and 5 Steps served as a quick review.. not that I remembered anything. The 2 things I liked about that book was that 1) it had a lot of review questions and 2) it had charts of economic/social/political/etc highlights in each region for diff time periods. I didn't use them, fyi. Even in the review questions, it asked stuff that WASN'T in the chapter. Yeah, what the ..? I actually went back and checked, and sure enough, it wasn't in the two pages I had just read. 5 Steps is too concise.</p>
<p>But we're different people. If you know anyone who used that book, ask to borrow it and see if you like it. Even if you're anxious to order/buy (btw Amazon is super cheap! :D) your prep books, just buy PR for now and then wait to look at Barron's or 5 Steps.</p>
<p>Telling you though, I felt like I wasted time with 5 Steps. After reading it, I didn't feel very prepared. At all.
Btw, I'm sure you've heard this already, but the APWH exam is pretty broad. Any specific detail it tests you on is stuff that you should just KNOW or very important stuff. Also, a lot of the MC and the FRQs are about comparing societies, or comparing time periods- basically finding and making connections. 5 Steps might review information but it doesn't help you think on that type of "make connections and be broad" level like PR does. PR helped me remember more information annnd it prepped me for the actual AP exam.</p>
<p>Sorry for the long reply but I hope that helped. It seems like you're pretty scared for this class so yeah :) haha</p>