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ABOUT THIS BOOK
REA’s AP U.S. History Crash Course is the first book of its kind for the last-minute studier or any AP student who wants a quick refresher on the course. The Crash Course is based upon a careful analysis of the AP U.S. History Course Description outline and actual AP test questions.
Written by an expert who has studied the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam content for 20 years, our easy-to-read format gives students a crash course in the major ideas and events in U.S. history. The targeted review chapters prepare students for the exam by only focusing on the important topics tested on the AP U.S. History exam.
Unlike other test preps, REA’s Crash Course gives you a review specifically focused on what you really need to study in order to ace the APUSH exam. Our review is broken down into specific topics and themes, offering you two ways to study the material chronologically, or by key themes and facts.
The introduction begins with a discussion of seven keys for success and a glossary of 41 terms you absolutely, positively have to know. Part Two is composed of review chapters arranged in chronological order. Each chapter presents the essential information you need to know about important time periods in U.S. History.
The third section is made up of chapters devoted to key themes in American History, with particular attention focused on African American history and women’s history. Finally, the Crash Course concludes with chapters that present strategies for successfully answering multiple-choice questions, the document-based essay question, and the free-response essays.
No matter how or when you prepare for the AP U.S. History exam, REA’s Crash Course will show you how to study efficiently and strategically, so you can boost your score!
If you would like to assess your test readiness for the AP U.S. History exam after studying this Crash Course, you can access a complimentary full-length AP U.S. History practice exam at www.rea.com/crashcourse. This true-to-format test includes detailed explanations of all answers and will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual exam.
Good luck on your AP U.S. History exam!
Author’s Pep Talk
Why write another AP United States History test preparation book? Bookstore shelves already contain a bewildering number of AP U.S. History (APUSH) books all claiming they will raise your scores. But will they really help you succeed? Do they provide you with the best information and the most useful strategies? I don’t think they do. That is why I have written this book.
REA’s AP U.S. History Crash Course is completely different from other test preps and study guides on the market today. Most APUSH test preps are often nothing more than slightly abridged versions of your textbook. The authors indiscriminately fill their books with facts, dates, Supreme Court cases, and endless acts of Congress for fear of leaving something out. In contrast, this Crash Course is deliberately selective. I don’t include any extraneous information that is unlikely to appear on your exam. Instead, my targeted review chapters only focus on the important topics tested on the AP U.S. History exam.
The information presented in this book is based on a close study of all the released AP United States History exams. Contrary to popular belief, College Board test writers do not write questions on an unlimited number of topics. Their questions are designed to test key points on the Topic Outline contained in the College Board’s United States History Course Description booklet. Because of this limitation, APUSH questions are actually focused on a limited number of key topics.
In short, this AP U.S. History Crash Course provides you with the information, tips, and strategies you need to succeed on the APUSH exam. I have been teaching AP courses for more than 30 years, and all of my students have scored a 3 or above. If you take the time and study this book, you will also achieve a high score.
So what are you waiting for? REA’s AP U.S. History Crash Course will give you “A Higher Score in Less TimeGuaranteed!”