Being an education major in college, I know a name brand of text books when I see/hear it. That’s why when I was offered the chance to feature the McGraw-Hill Professional 5 Steps to a 5 AP Test Books, I gladly accepted it. McGraw-Hill is known for making some of the best text books, so I figured this selection would be no different. In case you don’t know, the AP (or Advance Placement) tests are given to high school students after they have completed an AP course. If they receive a high enough score, they can be given college credit for the course (among other things). The highest score a student can earn is a 5. So, McGraw-Hill Professional has designed a series of books outlining the five steps to this score with many topics.
These 5 Steps include:
1: Set Up Your Study Program
2: Determine Your Readiness
3: Develop the Strategies
4: Review the Knowledge
5: Build Your Confidence
The books are very informative about that subject’s test. It lays out the test, how the score is calculated, what scores mean, and more. It gives a checklist with time frame for studying. Then, it has a practice test for you to take. Then, it breaks down the various types of questions on the test and how to best answer them. It then provides a couple more practice tests. The back of the book provides suggested readings, a glossary, list of websites to visit, and bibliography. The books are written by well-informed high school teachers who have gotten many students through the AP tests and teach AP courses.
I did not take any AP tests, rather I took dual enrollment/credit classes in high school which counted for college credit as well. I did take the SAT, fyi. So, I actually learned a little bit about the AP tests while reading these books. I think they are very informative about the test itself as well as the actual material. I think that having an actual teacher to write the books is brilliant. I mean teachers have found ways to communicate the material to students already in their classroom. So, they know how to best disseminate the knowledge to others.
I actually think these books could be used for other purposes than taking an AP test. I received a copy of AP Psychology which might be handy for studying for a psychology final. The same with the AP Biology and AP English Literature. They can also be read just to gain some knowledge/information on a topic. I think any student planning to take an AP test should check out these books.
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