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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. APĀ® 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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