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5 Steps to a 5 AP World History, 2008-2009 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series) ebook

by Peggy Martin


We want you to succeed on your AP* exam. That's why we've created this 5-step plan to help you study more effectively, use your preparation time wisely, and get your best score. This easy-to-follow guide offers you a complete review of your AP course, strategies to give you the edge on test day, and plenty of practice with AP-style test questions. You'll sharpen your subject knowledge, strengthen your thinking skills, and build your test-taking confidence with

Full-length practice exams modeled on the real test All the terms and concepts you need to know to get your best score Your choice of three customized study schedules-so you can pick the one that meets your needs

The 5-Step Plan helps you get the most out of your study time:

Step 1: Set Up Your Study Program

Step 2: Determine Your Readiness

Step 3: Develop the Strategies

Step 4: Review the Knowledge

Step 5: Build Your Confidence

*AP, Advanced Placement Program, and College Board are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

This book is great, especially if you do not no much about World History. This book is, however, very vague in certain parts that are very important. This book alone will not get you a 5 on the exam, hence the title is a bit misleading. The best thing about this book is the convenient charts that sum up important information for each unit. The book hits the key points you need to know, but elaborates only a little on them. Great if you are cramming and trying to pass the exam, but not your best choice if you have studying for a 5.
For my sophomore year (last year) in high school, I signed up for AP World History. I had never taken an AP Exam before, so I was not sure of what AP prep book to buy. I ended up looking at some Amazon reviews, and finally decided to buy this book - trust me, it's a good idea. You see, at the end of my first semester, our class had switched AP World teachers. My first teacher was absolutely horrid, and I used this book to cover all the first semester material that I was not able to fully learn. By the time I took the AP Exam, I had already finished reading every page and had taken the diagnostic test and the two practice exams (I started studying a couple of weeks before the test, but I recommend starting around the beginning of 2nd Semester).

If I had to take the AP World Exam again, I would definitely recommend this book again. I compared my 5 Steps with my friends' Barron's, and this is much, much better! And yes, I got a 5 :]
The 5 Steps to a 5 AP World History book is a great book for this class. I'm a sophomore, so I need all the help I can get. My teacher told us to get this book for the things our regular text book doesn't cover enough. Was great and makes things about AP World History more interesting. Would recommend totally.
I found the book to be short, and to the point. It provided the right amount of detail, and it divided the material into short chapters which prevents the material from becoming overwhelming. The end-of-chapter quizzes, although not necessarily representative of AP Exam questions, make sure that you're actively reading by forcing you to recall information. I found Princeton Review to be more boring, and sometimes being overly detailed.

Update: I scored a 5 on the exam.
This book is an awesome source for someone who is really serious about using it. It is definitely more of a strategy guide than anything. It is good to buy this early in the game so you have time to figure out a good schedule for studying.
I just finished my Freshman year at college, and I am lucky enough to be at a college that allows its students to take AP tests through their senior year in order to get out of General Education requirements. My school has this nasty World History requirement so I decided to try my hand at the AP World History test.

I'd heard in the past that the "5 Steps to a 5" books are amazing, so I decided to make it my sole study guide for the test. Granted, being a college student, I had a ton of homework and didn't have time to study this AP book during the school year. To make matters worse, the AP test was right after my college finals ended. So, I was exhausted and only had 2 full days to read/skim/study this book.

As much as history books tend to bore me, this book was a very easy (and interesting!) read and everything clicked in my head after reading it only once (trust me, that doesn't typically happen!) The book's change/continuity charts were super helpful not only in reviewing for the CCT essay but as an easy way to cram. Also, the book essentially tells you the bare minimum you need to know for the test.

I got to the test super nervous, thinking I didn't know anything, but unbeknownst to me, this book prepped me so well, I flew through the test and scored a 5.

If you want a book that will teach you to pass the AP World History test in the easiest way possible, THIS IS THE BOOK YOU WANT!

***EDIT*** I lent this book out to a college friend, who took the AP test in May 2010 under the same circumstances as me, and used it as his sole study guide. He also got a 5. :-)
This is one of the books that you should get to review for the AP World Exam. The other book that will be really helpful is Princeton Review's guide

This book is extremely organized into good chapters with sufficient details. There are excellent charts at the end of each unit that summarizes changes and continuities [one of the essay formats on the real exam] for that unit. There are also numerous suggestions for comparisons [another Essay style]

The review questions after the chapter and the practice tests are helpful although not that realistic. I suggest purchasing official tests from the Collegeboard store for practice.

All in all, combine this with Princeton and you will be in good shape. I will update the review with my grade once I get them, for those that are interested.
This AP Review book is certainly a must for all students who need a review book for this course. First off let me start by comparing this book to the others, the Advanced Placement World History course is NOT about memorizing dates and names but rather comparing different civilizations. This book was perfect for going over all the facts needed and stick on all these names and dates that you don't really need to know for the exam. My APWH recommended this book because its a broad overview which is what we needed for this course. I would recommend this book to any APWH student with the advice to purchase it early in the year so you can review the section you are working on in class with the matching one in the book.
5 Steps to a 5 AP World History, 2008-2009 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series) ebook
Peggy Martin
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McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (November 20, 2007)
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