Top positive review
Good for reading summaries and multiple choice practice, but not so good for FRQ review.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
I have used Barron's review books since I was a kid taking Regents exams in New York State. Many years later, including 23 in the classroom, I still recommend Barron's Review books. 5 Steps to A 5 is a good review book, but in my opinion Barron's is still better because of better answer explanations and sample essay's. Finding a good review book for APUSH or AP Government or AP World is tricky because of all the updates and changes to the exam. Eventually the AP Government Exam will look more like APUSH and AP World. I recommend to all students taking an AP class getting a review book. 5 Steps to a 5 is a good review book and it will certainly help any student who uses it, but again in my book it does not beat out Barron's. I liked the way the readings are organized in this book. The reading review for the various units in AP Government is very good. I also think the the practice multiple choice and practice exams are very good. It is a good book. I just felt the practice essay answer key seemed a bit rushed and incomplete. Too many review books don't even have answers, which to me is a waste, I never understood why some review books do that, AMSCO comes to mind. 5 Steps does have answers and for the multiple choice they are pretty good. My major issue with this book is that while the book has some good practice FRQ prompts, the answer rubric is very terse and does not provide enough information for a student to compare their answer to. For reading summaries and practice multiple choice this book is fine, but the lack of better FRQ sample responses is a major negative to me. This is certainly not a bad review book, but given a choice, I would stick with Barrons.