13 Best AP Test Guides

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling AP Test Guides in 2020


Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam, 2018 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam, 2018 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • PRINCETON REVIEW

Cracking the AP World History Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP World History Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

AP Human Geography 2017-2018 (Kaplan Test Prep)

AP Human Geography 2017-2018 (Kaplan Test Prep)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Provides essential practice, targeted review, and proven strategies to help students ace the AP Human Geography exam.
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Cracking the AP Biology Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP Biology Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2018 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2018 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • PRINCETON REVIEW

Barron's AP Psychology, 7th Edition

Barron's AP Psychology, 7th Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Barron s Educational Series

Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2017 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2017 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Princeton Review

Barron's AP Human Geography, 6th Edition

Barron's AP Human Geography, 6th Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Barron s Educational Series

Jeppesen - A&P Test Guide Bundle | JS202600 | 10033660

Jeppesen - A&P Test Guide Bundle | JS202600 | 10033660
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • PRINCETON REVIEW

Cracking the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)

Cracking the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam 2018, Premium Edition (College Test Preparation)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • PRINCETON REVIEW

No Bull Review - For Use with the AP US History Exam and SAT Subject Test

No Bull Review - For Use with the AP US History Exam and SAT Subject Test
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

From the Mouths of Teens: Fairness in Gifted/AP Education

"It's not fair that you help the regular class find the answers to the final exam review but not us," the girl whined in my AP Economics class. "My grade in this class determines my scholarship money...should I send you a bill?"

AP/GT students have a reputation among teachers for being entitled and expecting to be coddled. While many are indeed hardworking, diligent, pleasant, and even admirable, a few set records for laziness and dishonesty. Some truly want to learn and excel, but others just want a good grade. Many come from well-to-do families and are paid for their grades.

The discussion about fairness and AP education began when a student asked why I had question numbers and corresponding textbook page numbers written on the white board. I responded that those were for the regular Economics class to assist students in completing their final exam review packets. The whining began promptly from a girl in the second row. "That's not fair," she mewled. "Why don't we get that?"

"Because you're AP students," I reply calmly.

"So?!"

"So you get all sorts of benefits the regular students don't. You guys get first pick of colleges, you get higher GPAs, you get more free time in here, and you don't get buried with busywork like worksheets and bookwork."

"So?! My mom wanted me to be in this class, not me."

"It doesn't matter who wanted you to sign up for this class. You still get the benefits."

"It's not fair that you don't help us because my grade in here determines how many scholarships I get." It was then that the whiny teen made a comment insinuating that I should be responsible for making up the tuition cost of whichever scholarship dollars she did not receive as a result of a lower grade.

So why do I insist that my AP students do their own work?

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AP students often come from middle class or wealthy parents, giving them access to the academic tools helpful for peak success. AP students often have plenty of time and resources to engage in study. They don't have to have part-time jobs. They have high-speed Internet, both on their laptops and their smart phones, and can get answers to questions whenever they need them. The richer AP students can probably afford private tutors if they need them.

Lots of AP students have their own cars, which means they can show up early to school for morning tutorials or, if their teacher allows it, stay late for after-school tutorials. They can get together to study in groups or get help from students who excel in the subject. Many of these well-to-do kids are well-rooted in the community and have strong social networks they can use to their academic advantage.

The AP kids usually have college-educated parents who can be of some assistance on the course work, or at least know those who can be of help. Many AP parents are not hesitant to ask teachers for help in ensuring a student receives decent grades. AP parents know the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting good grades, often because they learned them firsthand.

My AP students have resources and lifestyles of which many of the "regular" students can only dream. I have students in regular classes who must work long hours after school to help their families make ends meet. Some don't have stable home lives, which affects their ability to study or focus while in class. A few have home lives so distressing that they avoid spending much time there.

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For AP students who feel that they deserve the "unfair" advantages given regular classes on things like final exam reviews, I encourage them to compare lifestyles with some of their less-fortunate peers. While some AP kids may whine about grades preventing them from reaping as many scholarships, many students in regular classes will never be able to afford college even with top scholarships from excellent grades.

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