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This book is based on the all-important fact that you can earn a 5 with 77 percent right, a 4 with 65 percent right, and a 3 with 52 percent right. These generous scales and the a new exam format that emphasized historic generalizations mean that detailed chronological reviews are inefficient and out-of-date. This book takes a new strategic approach that focuses on key topics and essay skills that generate the most exam points. The book is amazing. The narrative chapters on African American and Women's history are by far the most informative and interesting of any prep book. The chapters on how to write DBQs and LEQs contain clear explanations and examples. The Glossary is truly amazing. It turns out that APUSH exams test just 64 key terms. So there is no need to waste time memorizing long lists of terms. A truly amazing book!
As a former student of Larry Krieger who got a 5 in APUSH under him, I can say that his teaching methodology is incredibly known for its EFFECTIVENESS and EFFICIENCY. I was taking four AP exams at the time and did not have a lot of time to devote to each subject. Using the draft of this book really pinpointed the essential content in APUSH and saved me from reading the 700+ item memorization lists on Princeton Review. After seeing the final version of this book, I can confidentially say it is an ESSENTIAL ITEM for any student looking to study smartly for the APUSH exam in 2019. Best of Luck!
The APUSH exam has changed every year since 2015. Prep books often promise up-to-date materials and then recycle old information. AP US History: A Strategic Review provides a completely new approach that shows students how to achieve high scores. The book features narrative chapters on essential topics such as African American history, the Women's Movement, and the Native American experience. It also includes a series of Mini-Chapters on topics such as the Market Revolution and the Vietnam War. It contains 190 multiple-choice and 27 short-answer questions that accurately replicate the form and content of real exam questions. The book even discusses the complexity point and provides illustrative DBQ and LEQ essays. The Glossary defines key terms and discusses why they are important. I highly recommend this new book.
From its narrative chapters to its explanation on mastering the LEQ, this strategic review serves as the perfect study material for the APUSH exam. As a high schooler myself, I can attest to its effectiveness, clarity, and interactivity. The book makes sure to particularly highlight African American and women’s history, discussing crucial events that will surely be on the exam yet are often brushed over in the classroom. Furthermore, the LEQ and DBQ examples and rubric explanations provide for a strikingly clear understanding on how to ace those sections. If you’re looking to receive a full score on the APUSH exam in the most time efficient manner, while also covering material written in a beautifully compelling way, you must get this book!!
I am currently a student preparing for the APUSH exam, and this book is fantastic! The example DBQ and LEQ essays are very well written and set up a perfect framework for any prompt at all, which I think is extremely important. In addition, there is a detailed glossary containing 64 words, each with a precise definition, which I refer to often. But my favorite part of the book has to be the 10 mini-chapters. They are not only concise but also provide key points that are helpful when preparing for the exam. Overall, I am thoroughly satisfied with this book and recommend it to anyone who wants a 5 on the exam!
This book does a great job of explaining the new DBQ and LEQ scoring rubrics. It contains full chapters on both types of essays that include very clear examples. I finally understand the complexity point! The book promises and delivers great resources.
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
I've used other APUSH review books (like Princeton Review) before, but nothing was as useful as The Insider's Complete Guide to AP US History! The book takes a different approach at the exam, and splits the information into the big ideas that will be present on the exam in May. The author does a wonderful job of using short and long chapters to illustrate key points and explain essential events/themes. The multitude of multiple choice and short answer questions are in-depth and similar to College Board questions. And the 2 DBQ's and 2 Long Essay questions with explanations guide the reader through how to format their own writing pieces to fit the APUSH exam standards. Overall, great book and would recommend to every other kid stressing about the exam!
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
This book is such a great guide for AP US History and will definitely help you receive a good score on the AP test. Unlike other books, this book includes a strategic review, which is very useful for the preparing for the test. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to those studying for the AP US History exam. -pooja confetti (Mr. Krieger's favorite student).
This book has immensely helped with my preparation for my AP US history exam. The information this book offers is none like any other, it brings a unique and engaging way to study. The strategic review helps students, like myself, fully understand the material. It also gives you insights, practice problems, and precise instruction so that you can attain a 5 on the test. I would highly recommend this book to any student taking the AP test, it is extremely helpful and a phenomenal resource.
This book is a great resource for students studying for the AP US History Exam! It has a great glossary that provides the readers with detailed summaries and definitions of key terms. Overall, I recommend this book to students who will be taking this exam!