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Late getting started? Facing too many AP* tests? Use this course to learn the most in the least time!

Study Only What You Need to Know
REA’s Crash Course for the AP* World History exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the revised 2011 Advanced ...

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Late getting started? Facing too many AP* tests? Use this course to learn the most in the least time!

Study Only What You Need to Know
REA’s Crash Course for the AP* World History exam is based on an in-depth analysis of the revised 2011 Advanced Placement* World History exam and actual AP* World History test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exam, so you can make the most of your study time.

Expert Test-Taking Strategies
Developed by an Advanced Placement* teacher with many years of classroom experience, this World History Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering both the multiple-choice and essay questions. By following the AP* author’s advice, you can boost your score in every section of the AP* World History test.

Key Terms You Must Know
Knowing the right terminology can make a real difference in your AP* score. Our expert advice includes the key terms you need to know before taking the AP* World History exam.

Free Online Practice Exam
Our full-length online World History practice exam includes every topic and type of question found on the actual exam. It offers timed testing, automatic scoring, and detailed explanations of answers. It even provides helpful diagnostics to pinpoint where you’re strongest and where you need to focus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738606965
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 53,097
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay P. Harmon earned his B.S. and M.Ed. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began his teaching career in 1982 and has taught in public and private schools in Louisiana and Texas.

Mr. Harmon has taught AP® European History, AP® United States History, and AP® World History. He was an exam essay reader in AP® European History and AP® United States History and has been a table leader and question leader in AP® World History since the exam was first administered in 2002. He served on the AP® World History Test Development Committee from 2003 to 2008. His AP® European History and AP® World History websites ( have been go-to resources for students and teachers for more than a decade.

Since 1998, Mr. Harmon has served as a consultant to the College Board®, holding workshops and summer institutes in the United States and abroad. He has also contributed to the development of several history textbooks.

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REA’s AP World History Crash Course is designed for the last-minute studier or any AP student who wants a quick refresher on the course. The Crash Course is based on the 2011 changes to the AP World History course curriculum and exam.

Written by an expert who has been closely involved with the AP World History course since its beginning, our easy-to-read format gives you a Crash Course in the major concepts and strategies in AP World History. The targeted review chapters will prepare you for the exam by focusing on important topics frequently seen on the AP World History exam.

Unlike other test preps, REA’s AP World History Crash Course gives you a review specifically designed to zero in on the “big ideas” tested on the exam. Each chapter highlights the important themes and terms to keep in mind as you prepare.

Part I gives you the Keys for Success, so you can tackle the exam with confidence. It also lists important terms that you absolutely, positively must know. Part II is a Chronological Review based on the most current AP World History curriculum. It presents essential information you need to know.

Part III reveals the Key Concepts and Themes of the AP World History framework to remind you of the important overall developments throughout World History. Part IV explains the format of the AP World History exam and offers test-taking strategies to conquer the multiple-choice questions and the three essays: the Document-Based Question, the Change and Continuity Over Time question, and the Comparative question.

When you’re ready to prepare for the exam, REA’s AP World History Crash Course will show you how to study efficiently and strategically, so you can boost your score!

To check your test readiness for the AP World History exam, either before or after studying this Crash Course, take our FREE online practice exam. To access your free practice exam, visit and follow the on-screen instructions. This true-to-format test features automatic scoring of the multiple-choice questions and detailed explanations of all answers. Our diagnostic analysis will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, so you’ll be ready on exam day!

Good luck on your AP World History exam!

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Eight Keys to Success on the AP World History Exam
Chapter 2: Key Terms and Concepts


Period 1: Beginnings to 600 BCE

Chapter 3: Beginnings to 600 BCE

Period 2: Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies, c. 600 BCE—c. 600 CE

Chapter 4: Religious and Cultural Developments

Chapter 5: Development of City-States and Empires

Chapter 6: Development of Communication and Trade Networks

Period 3: Regional and Transregional Interactions, c. 600 CE—c. 1450 CE

Chapter 7: Expansion of Networks of Exchange

Chapter 8: Governments in the Post-Classical Era

Chapter 9: Economic Activity and Its Effects

Period 4: Global Interactions, c. 1450—c. 1750

Chapter 10: The Development of Global Networks

Chapter 11: Changes to Societies and Methods of Production

Chapter 12: Developments in Governments

Period 5: Industrialization and Global Connections, c. 1750—c. 1900

Chapter 13: Industrialization and Its Effects

Chapter 14: Western Imperialism

Chapter 15: Nationalism, Revolution, and Reform

Chapter 16: Global Migrations

Period 6: Global Connections and Changes Accelerate, c. 1900 to the Present

Chapter 17: Developments in Twentieth-Century Science and the Environment

Chapter 18: World Conflicts and Their Effects

Chapter 19: Twentieth-Century Changes in Global

Economics and Societies


Chapter 20: Art, Architecture, and Literature Review

Chapter 21: Nineteen Key Concepts in AP World History

Chapter 22: Skills, Themes, and Historiography

Chapter 23: Important Periodization in AP World History

Chapter 24: Important Civilizations, Empires, and Dynasties

Chapter 25: Important Migrations and Trade Routes

Chapter 26: Important Technology in AP World History


Chapter 27: The Multiple-Choice Questions

Chapter 28: The Document-Based Question

Chapter 29: The Continuity and Change Over Time (CCOT) Essay

Chapter 30: The Comparative Essay

Chapter 31: Test-Taking Tips

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is written by an AP World History teacher in the classroom and is the only one of the major guides that has accounted for the recent changes in curriculum made by the College Board. I have strongly suggested to my students that they use this to prepare for the exam

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