Choosing an AP Exam Prep Book
All of the various prep books have their fans and detractors. Resources like collegeconfidential.com may help you, as they host long threads about which books are better for which subject as judged by students who have actually used the materials to prepare for their exams. With this option, you may want to make sure the thread you're reading isn't really old, because the tests do change and so do the study materials available.
Although it is easy to get lost reading product reviews on Amazon, they may also give you an idea of which books are regarded as most useful for a particular exam. Some students like to buy a couple of competing books, since each publisher covers the material a little differently and this allows them to hedge their bet as to which resource is better for them.
The bottom line is, no prep book is perfect, and unless God goes into publishing, no prep book is going to be right for everyone. That being said, there are a lot of highly rated books on Amazon and a lot of students on collegeconfidential.com who are quite happy with their choices.
It's More Than Prep Books
In addition to the textbook you likely already own, there are resources other than exam prep books available to you. The creator of the AP Exam, CollegeBoard, have many resources available to you, including detailed descriptions of the exams and many practice questions on its website. There are numerous other online prep options as well, like McGraw-Hill's Practice Plus website.
Not surprisingly, Study.com also has resources available to help you get through many AP exams. The following is a partial list of the exam prep courses we offer. If you don't see the one you're looking for here, just search the site.
- AP English Language: Exam Prep
- AP US History: Exam Prep
- AP English Literature: Exam Prep
- AP Calculus AB & BC: Exam Prep
- AP US Government and Politics: Exam Prep
All of our courses are taught by experienced instructors, are based around brief video and text lessons, and come with lesson quizzes and practice exams to help you ensure you are retaining the necessary information.