(Best) book for US History, online courses, and how hard is Japanese SAT II?

<p>Title says it all. I'm going to be taking the US history Sat II in January and need a book that covers everything. And I mean everything. I hear the questions can get very specific? The last time I took US History was in the 10th grade or something.</p>

<p>2nd question: I'd like to sign up for some US History online courses as well, even though they will go past January. 1 or 2 semester is fine. I may retake Sat's in 2005 so they will help. So far, BYU looks good, but they have about 4 different US History classes and I have no idea which would be the most effective. Prices are nice though, at around $102. </p>

<p>But BYU is all I know that offers it. Suggestions anyone? Is there a ranking list for these anywhere? That'd be good.</p>

<p>3rd question: I'll be in Japan for 7 months in 2005 and will study my ass off to learn as much as I can. I have two years under my belt now and can speak maybe at a five year olds level. Which means jack ****. Has ANYONE taken the Japanese Sat II, without actually being Japanese? I searched and saw 0 posts about it. How hard is it? Gimme all the info.</p>

<p>Thanks.</p>

<p>And to add to my post, an online site that focuses on making math very easy to understand would be great as well. So far, <a href="http://www.mathprep.com%5B/url%5D"&gt;www.mathprep.com&lt;/a> looks good. But that's it.</p>

<p>I took the Japanese SAT II on Saturday. Man was it difficult; you need to know soooo many grammar and verb forms. Here are some questions from the old CC board like that:</p>

<p>Well, most of the questions were like this, where you ahve to put in particles and stuff:</p>

<p>iya _____ omotte yamema****a
da to
De
ni </p>

<p>gakkousei ______ no?
na
da
deshou
ni </p>

<p>a****a wa iku _______ kyou wa ie ni imasu
demo
kara </p>

<p>motto ______ dekimasen ka?
sukunaku
sukunai
sukoshi
shosho</p>

<p>The listening wasn't absolutely horrible, but on some questions I had just no clue. You can only listen to it once, so it makes it pretty difficult. And finally, for the reading comprehension, you must know kanji kanji kanji. Full of kanji, and I could barely understand half of it. Man, I'm hoping for a huge curve.</p>

<p>Here's a pdf with some sample questions: <a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/sat/satguide/SAT2_Ita_Jap_Kor.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/sat/satguide/SAT2_Ita_Jap_Kor.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>And for listening, I point you here: <a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/lc_two/japanlist/prac/pracStart.html?japanlist%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/lc_two/japanlist/prac/pracStart.html?japanlist&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The above links are sample questions and an excellent measure of the difficulty and style of the exam.</p>

<ol>
<li>Best US History prep book by far is Sparknotes.</li>
<li>APEX offers really good online courses with a good reputation. However, they are extremely expensive. Also check the University of Nebraska's online high school.</li>
</ol>

<p>I really think the Japanese SAT II's difficulty varies from person to person.</p>

<p>I personally thought the test was easy though. I think that since you're doing foreign exchange and plan to actually study, you should be fine with the test. </p>

<p>Just a little note, I would cram for the JLPT test instead of the SAT II, because the JLPT actually has real meaning in the world whereas the SAT II is only there for your college to see. If you're able to pass the 3kyu JLPT test, you'll have no problem with the SAT II.</p>

<p>Thanks for the info guys. It will be interesting to see how 7 months in Japanese will stack up for the SAT II test for it.</p>

<p>Forgot to mention that I am already enrolled in Apex. For those who wonder about it, their two semester programs (ie, most) are already way past the deadline. I was lucky to get into AP English lit 3 weeeks late.</p>

<p>Nebraska Online HS looks excellent and they offer just what I wanted with reasonable prices. Thank you soo much for the link.</p>

<p>You're very welcome. I know several students who have taken correspondence courses from them and really like it.</p>