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Best Books for AP Biology Exam Preparation

AP Biology is an examination and course being offered by College Board’s Advanced Placement program to high school students. You have the opportunity to earn placement credit for college level Biology course. From 2012, College board has slightly updated the syllabus putting more focus on scientific practices. AP Biology is one of the best course to select for high school. However you need to have greater interest towards Biology. If you love drawing diagrams of animals, trees, flowers then we suggest you to take this course 😉

Advanced placement Biology is not a small subject and you gotta learn number of topics including 12 specific biology labs as well as general lab procedure. Some of the topics that you are going to study in Biology are : Biochemistry, Biodiversity, Analogy, Cell Functions, Ecology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Population Biology, Cell division and communication. Biology is one of the top ten subjects being opted by students in Advanced Placement course.

Below is the List of Good Prep Books for AP Biology Preparation :

  1. Barron’s AP Biology, 4th Edition by Deborah Goldberg
  2. Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  3. CliffsNotes AP Biology, Fourth Edition (Cliffs Ap Biology) by Phillip E Pack
  4. Kaplan AP Biology 2014-2015 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Linda Brooke Stabler
  5. Barron’s AP Biology Flash Cards by Deborah T. Goldberg M.S

Now the whole AP Biology is mainly divided into 3 section namely :

  • Molecules and Cells, 25%
  • Heredity and Evolution, 25%
  • Organisms and Populations, 50%

The percentage is showing the question importance in the exam. Almost half the questions appear from Organisms and Populations topic. The first section of the AP Biology exam consists of 69 questions to be attempted in 90 minutes while the second section is free response questions to be attempted in 90 minutes.

Only 6.5% students scored a perfect 5 in 2014. Now you can easily guess as how much hard work is be done for reaching this score. Give some extra hours of preparation to AP Biology. Try to solve previous year papers so that you can actually get the whole idea as how and what to prepare. The above books will also guide you the same thing in most easiest way.

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Best Books for AP World History Exam Preparation

College board’s Advanced placement program offers World history as a college level course to high school students. It is popularly known by many other terms among students such as WHAP, APWH, AP World. The course has been specifically designed for freshman to develop them a strong understanding of global process since 8000 BCE to present. The whole Advanced placement course is divided into 6 periods/eras and 19 key concepts. Overall, it’s an awesome course if you love to read books and love history facts.

In the actual exam, almost equal importance is given to all section and hence you will see almost equal number of questions from each era. It means you need to study each and every eras and their key concepts. Managing the time is the most important part in any exam as well as before the exam. Try to practice as much as you can to solve previous papers to keep progress of your knowledge. It will also help you to know the type of questions being asked in the actual exam.

Below is the list of good prep guides for AP World History Exam Preparation :

  1. Barron’s AP World History, 6th Edition by John McCannon
  2. Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  3. AP® World History Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) by Jay P. Harmon and Advanced Placement
  4. Kaplan AP World History 2013-2014 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Patrick Whelan
  5. Barron’s AP World History Flash Cards by Lorraine Lupinskie-Huvane

The first section of the AP world history consists of 70 multiple choice questions to be answered in 55 minutes. The second part which is free response type question consists of 3 essays mainly on DBQ, CCOT and Compare and contrast questions. It is suggested by experts that you should always attempt DBQ questions as it doesn’t require much knowledge. As there is no negative marking in the exam, you should attempt all the questions in the stipulated given time.

If you have opted for some other AP exams such as English literature, Statistics, Calculus AB then you need to divide and dedicate your time to each one of them beside your regular school studies. Take your classes seriously as scoring good marks will provide your college placement credits. We suggest you any of the above books according to your choice and start your preparation for the Advanced Placement AP World History test.

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Best Books for AP Statistics Test Preparation

College board offers a college level stats course and exam which is commonly known as Advanced Placement Statistics or AP Stats. Advanced placement statistics subject is taken by many students who are really good in mathematics specially the data interpretation part. It takes a lot of practice and efforts to learn all the things in stats. Number of students who opt for stats are surely lower than other subjects such as English Language, English Literature or Calculus AB. Overall, it’s one of the top 10 courses which is taken by around 200K students.

There are number of books available in the market from famous publications like Barron’s or Kaplan. Everything provided in the latest editions is up to date and totally according to the latest syllabus and pattern. Before taking or planning to take the AP course, you must understand and be very clear as how are you going to approach the course in months. You gotta attend extra classes along with regular classes. If you are taking more than one AP exam then time management will play a crucial role. We will talk more about this later.

Here is the list of best prep books for AP Statistics exam preparation :

  1. Barron’s AP Statistics, 7th Edition by Marty Sternstein
  2. Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  3. Kaplan AP Statistics 2014 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Bruce Simmons
  4. AP® Statistics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) by Michael D’Alessio, Advanced Placement and Statistics Study Guides
  5. Master Math: AP Statistics by Gerry McAfee

The structure of the exam is very simple. It’s a 3 hour duration test which is conducted mostly in the month of may every year. There are two section namely Multiple Choice questions and Free response questions. Both section of the exam are weighted equally.

The best part is that you don’t need to remember any formulas. Every formulas that you can use in the exam is given. Formulas from probability, descriptive stats, inferential stats and few important tables are also given. There are 40 multiple choice questions and 6 response type questions that you have to attempt. There is no negative marking now a days. Keep checking the college boards website regarding latest updates if any.

If you have planned to appear for more than one AP exam then you have to work very hard. As it’s a college level course, you need to put extra time and effort to score a perfect 5 to earn the max placement credits. Only 12% people in 2013 scored a perfect 5. Get the above books and start your preparation. Best of luck.

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Best Books for AP US Government Exam Preparation

Advanced Placement US Government and and Politics which is also known as AP US GOPO, AP US NSL, AP US Govt is a course and exam being offered to high school students. AP US government and politics is all about how US govt. functions using its various administrative agencies. It’s one of the popular subjects being opted by thousands of high school students. You need a lot of study to score good marks as it is quite theoretical. If you are not an avid reader then you will get bored reading and end up scoring less marks or score in AP exam.

The material in the course is composed of multiple subjects from the Constitutional roots of the United States. The AP United States Government examination covers roughly six subjects in approximate percentage composition of the examination. Constitutional underpinnings, political beliefs and behaviors, Political parties, mass media, Institutions of national govt. such as Congress, presidency & federal courts and civil right and civil liberties.

Below are the best books available on AP US Govt. Exam Preparation :

  1. Barron’s AP U.S. Government and Politics, 8th Edition by Curt Lader M.Ed.
  2. AP U.S. Government & Politics Crash Course (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) by Larry Krieger
  3. Cracking the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  4. 5 Steps to a 5 AP US Government and Politics 2014-2015 (EBOOK) (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations… by Pamela Lamb
  5. Kaplan AP U.S. Government & Politics 2015 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Ulrich Kleinschmidt and Bill Brown

The above books are published by well known authors and publications and hence they are updated with the latest syllabus and pattern of the AP US Government and Politics exam.

The exam is conducted in mainly two parts :

  1. Section 1 : 60 Questions Time allotted : 45 Minutes
  2. Section 2 : Free Response 4 Questions Time Allotted : 100 minutes

There were around 1/4th million high school students who gave exam this year. According to the last years data available on Wikipedia, only 11.3% of the students score a perfect 5 score while score 4 and 3 were scored by 11% and 26% students respectively. Exam may seem easy to many students who are very good in grasping things. With enough practice, you will be able to score atleast 4. Try to read from above books and don’t waste your time reading from downloaded free PDF study materials. You also need to learn time management as number of questions are more in MCQ’s and time is less. Practice will make you perfect.

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Best Books for AP Calculus AB Exam Preparation

Calculus AB is yet another popular subject taken up by high school students. Mainly the whole calculus is divided into two parts : Calculus AB and Calculus BC. College board offers both the subjects in advanced placement program. Students can choose according to their choice. Although it also depends on the school whether they are able to provide classes in these subjects or not. If you are bright in maths then you can take up calculus AB subject and start your preparation.

The material includes the study and application of differentiation and integration, and graphical analysis including limits, asymptotes, and continuity. An AP Calculus AB course is equivalent to 1 semester of college calculus course. Further topics are : Derivatives, Integrals and antidifferentiation. They all have concepts, functions, properties and applications as their subdivisions.

Here is the list of best books on Advanced placement Calculus AB exam :

  1. Barron’s AP Calculus, 12th Edition by David Bock and Shirley Hockett
  2. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Calculus AB, 2014-2015 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series… by William Ma
  3. Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  4. Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam by Mark Howell and Martha Montgomery
  5. Kaplan AP Calculus AB & BC 2014 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Tamara Lefcourt Ruby, James Sellers

The pattern of Advanced placement Calculus AB and Calculus BC both are same. You have to attempt 45 multiple choice questions and then 6 response questions. They are further divided into 2-2 parts. Below is the actual pattern of the exam :

  • Multiple Choice Section 1 : Part A : 28 questions Time allotted = 55 minutes
  • Multiple Choice Section 1 : Part B : 17 Questions Time Allotted = 50 minutes
  • Free Response Section 2 : Part A : 2 Questions Time Allotted = 30 minutes
  • Free Response section 2 : Part B : 4 Questions Time Allotted = 60 minutes

There are thousands of scoring a perfect 5 score in Calculus AB. If you have enough practice then you can easily score a 4 or 5. There were close to 25% students in 2013 who scored a perfect 5. While close to 18% students scored a score of 5. The mean score of the calculus AB is 2.96. Get these prep study guides and start your preparation towards the exam. Learn how to manage the time by exactly giving practice papers in the stipulated time. Try to speed up your calculations to save time for other questions. You can download free PDF files for Calculus formulas and other tips, tricks and shortcuts which can help you out in exam.

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Best Books for AP Psychology Exam Preparation

Advance placement program has Psychology as one of its subject which students can take. In fact, Psychology is one of the top five subjects being taken by students across United states. From the time Psychology was introduced into the AP program by College Board, the number of students opting for Psychology has increased year by year. Well, if you are on this page then certainly you opted for psychology or planning to choose psychology over other subjects.

Psychology is one of the shortest duration exam in the entire Advanced placement exam. Earlier it was physics C. There are number of multiple choice questions on different aspects of life such as learning, cognition, motion, emotion, behavior, personality, perception, sensation and other related topics. Overall, it’s not a rocket science yet we have to study it very carefully. If you don’t then the exam will really surprise you. The questions will seem easy but you generalized answers will go wrong. You need a study guide which can help you in understanding all the right things and concepts related to psychology.

Here is the list of best books on Advanced Placement Psychology Exam :

  1. Barron’s AP Psychology, 6th Edition by Allyson J. Weseley Ed.D. and Robert McEntarffer
  2. AP Psychology Crash Course (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) by Larry Krieger
  3. Barron’s AP Psychology Flash Cards, 2nd Edition by Robert McEntarffer
  4. Cracking the AP Psychology Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  5. Kaplan AP Psychology 2014 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Chris Hakala

The chances of scoring a 4 or 5 is very much high in this exam. There are thousands of students scoring 4 or 5 score points. The exam consists of 2 parts namely :

  • Section I : 100 Questions Time Allotted = 70 minutes
  • Section 2 : 50 Minutes Free Response section

As there is no negative marking in the exam, you can easily score high marks by ticking the right ones. Don’t try to guess and then choose your answers. A single mark can make a lot of difference. There were 21.2% and 26.6% students who scored 5 & 4 respectively. It’s certainly a huge number compared to other subjects. Get the above study prep guides and start reading and prepare all the important topics. Don’t forget to solve previous year papers and questions. We will also be coming up with PDF study material soon. Stay tuned…

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Best Books on AP US History Examination

United States History is a course and exam being offered by College board for Advanced Placement Program. United States History is one of the famous subjects taken by students. Close to half million students gave exam in the previous year. The United States History course is designed in such a way that it’s almost equivalent to the course which is available to freshman in college.  You need to study just like college students to score good marks in the exam. You also need to have college level text book to study US history.

There are number of books available in the market by Kaplan, Princeton Review and Barrons. They are well known publishers whose books are according to the current syllabus and pattern. However there are many other good books available on US history. You can find some of these books in your school library itself. You always need a book which can make you clear the exam with highest possible score 😉

Below is the list of good prep books for Advanced Placement US History :

  1. Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  2. Barron’s AP United States History by Eugene V. Resnick M.A
  3. Kaplan AP U.S. History 2015: Book + Online + DVD (Kaplan Test Prep) by Krista Dornbush
  4. AP U.S. History Crash Course (REA: The Test Prep AP Teachers Recommend) by Larry Krieger, Advanced Placement and US History Study Guides
  5. The Insider’s Complete Guide to AP US History: The Essential Content by Larry Krieger

You can have any one of the books for your preparation of the exam. The AP US history exam is of 3 hours and 5 minutes and it consists of 2 parts. While the first part consists of 80 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 55 minutes. The second part consists of DBQ and essays. You need to write 3 essays and DBQ and 115 minutes are available for this whole thing.

Here are some of the facts related to Advanced Placement US History Exam :

  • Percentage of students scoring 5 in 2014 = 11.0%
  • Percentage of students scoring 4 in 2014 = 21.3%
  • Percentage of students scoring 3 in 2014 = 20.2%

You need to score very good marks out of 180 to get score of 5. The average mean score of the US history exam is 2.77 in 2013. You seriously need to manage your time between school studies and AP exams. Solve practice papers and previous year papers as much as you can. It will help you out in tackling the questions being asked in the actual exam. It will also help you in time management during the exam. Do not read from PDF study materials. You can use them for short notes but not a whole ebook. Get any one of the above books and start your preparation for Advanced placement US history exam. Best of luck.

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Best Books for AP English Literature Preparation

If you reached this page then there is 99% probability that you chose English Literature as one of your Advanced Placement subjects. In fact English literature is the second most subject taken by students across Unites states of America. Close to half million students are expected to give the exam this year. Advanced placement exam has many advantages over other exams. It gives you college credits if you score high points which ranges from 1-5 with 5 being the highest.

These College credits can help you in many ways right from skipping introductory classes to completing your graduation a semester before. However you need to do a lot of hard work to earn these credits. These are college level exams which are conducted by College board. Simply giving the exams is not enough. You need to take enough preparation classes at your school and you have to study enough to score good in English Literature.

Below are some good prep books for English Literature :

  1. Barron’s AP English Literature and Composition, 5th Edition (Barron’s Ap English Literture and Composition) by George Ehrenhaft Ed.D.
  2. Cracking the AP English Literature & Composition Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  3. 5 Steps to a 5 AP English Literature 2014-2015 (EBOOK) (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations… by Estelle Rankin and Barbara Murphy
  4. AP English Literature & Composition Crash Course (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) by Dawn Hogue
  5. CliffsNotes AP English Literature and Composition, 3rd Edition (Cliffs AP) by Allan Casson

English Literature may look like an easy subject to score marks but actually it’s not that easy to score marks in this subject. The mean score for English literature is barely 2.81 and It’s quite low compared to other subjects. Only 57.9% students scored above 3.

If you don’t score a 4 or 5 score then you will not get enough credits. Many colleges don’t even accept a score of 3 for credits. You need to prepare well for English literature subject so that you can score of 4 or 5. You also need to manage your time for school syllabus and English literature subject & also for any other exam such as SAT or ACT. Don’t depend on PDF ebooks as they tend to waste a lot of time. Get the above books and start your preparation. Best of luck.

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Best Prep Books for AP English Language Test

English language is the most favorite subject of thousands of high school students who take it as one of their Advance placement test subject. In 2013, English language test was given by the maximum number of students. The next subject which was close to English language was English literature. Probably because English language is the mother tongue and it’s quite easy to score marks in this subject compared to other subjects. Advance placement exams help you out in many ways. However you must understand the impact of taking an AP subject test during your high school.

Whether you give English language test or Calculus, it is very important to score 3 or above points. Getting below 3 is a total waste as no colleges accept or give any value to a score below 3. Many universities and colleges set their criteria at 4 or even 5 points. As Advance placement subject test allows you to prepare subjects of college level hence you need to show some dedication towards your study beside your extra curricular activities.

Here are some of the best prep books on English Language that you can refer :

  1. Barron’s AP English Language and Composition, 5th Edition by Ehrenhaft. George
  2. Cracking the AP English Language & Composition Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Richard Hartzell
  3. Kaplan AP English Language & Composition 2015 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Denise Pivarnik-Nova
  4. Cracking the AP English Language & Composition Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  5. 5 Steps to a 5 500 AP English Language Questions to Know by Test Day (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement… by Allyson Ambrose

While many of the students who are giving the exam for the first time may think that English Language test is quite easy then let me tell you it’s not. Only 55% of the students scored 3 or more in 2013 AP exam. Compared to other popular subject test, it’s quite low. The means score obtained in English language test is 2.77 If you don’t score above 3 then it’s no good.

If you want to get admission in your dream college then study hard and try to get 4 or 5 in every AP subject test that you give. Scoring a 4 or 5 also gives your college credits in many universities. You really don’t want to miss that thing. We will try to bring in some study material PDF for AP English language test along with previous papers for extra practice.

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