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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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