PREPARE WITH CONFIDENCE Excelling on the AP U.S. History Exam If you're looking for a true edge on Test Day... If you're slogging through the textbook, struggling to boil it all down... And if you're not willing to settle for second best... ...then this new edition of REA's AP U.S. History test prep is for you. REA gives you all the tools you'll need to master the Advanced Placement Examination in United States History: -Unrivaled detailed review of all the facts in a context that will sharpen classroom discussion and keep you from having to continually check your textbook for citations as you study. -Handy timelines that clearly summarize each period's major events. -Photographs and other carefully chosen artwork that bring critical events and personalities to life. -Sidebars that highlight key historical figures and issues. -Comprehensive index that speeds specific referencing. -Six full-length, true-to-format practice exams-with 480 multiple-choice items in all-that prepare you for the actual AP exam like no other book. -Full explanations of every practice-exam answer. -Complete array of sample essay questions and answers. Beginning with the 2006 exam, the AP Program's U.S. History Development Committee has embraced the trend on college and university campuses to view United States history through the prism of social change on the one hand, and cultural and intellectual developments on the other. Our book does likewise. In choosing REA, you're putting yourself in the company of tens of thousands of AP students who have benefited from our total preparation package year after year. Moreover, teachers across the nation and beyond find that this book offers a clear-eyed, no-nonsense perspective on the history of the United States of America. In fact, many AP instructors use it to supplement their classroom text and lectures precisely because it so comprehensively supports specific curriculum objectives for the AP course and exam. ABOUT REA's TESTware Practice tests 1 through 3 of this book are included in two formats: in printed format in the book, and int TESTware format on the enclosed CD. We strongly recommend that you begin your preparation with the TESTware practice exams. The software provides the added benefits of automatic, accurate scoring and enforced time conditions. The content and format of the actual AP U.S. Histry exam are faithfully mirrored. See below for a detailed description of the format and content of the AP U.S. History exam. ABOUT THE EXAM The Advanced Placement Program is designed to allow high school students to pursue college-level studies while attending high school. The three-hour five-minute AP U.S. History exam is usually given to high school students who have completed a year's study in a college-level U.S. History course. The test results are then used to determine the awarding of course credit and/or advanced course placement in college. According to the College Board, students taking this exam are called upon to demonstrate "systematic factual knowledge" and bring to bear critical, persuasive analysis of the full sweep of U.S. history. This is why we make every effort to establish and build upon context for you, rather than encouraging rote memorization of disconnected facts. FORMAT. The AP U.S. History Exam is divided into two sections as follows: 1) Multiple-Choice Items: This section is composed of 80 multiple-choice questions designed to gauge your ability to understand and analyze U.S. history from the Pre-Columbian period to the present. The majority of the questions, however, are based on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. This section tests factual knowledge, scope of preparation, and knowledge-based analytical skills. You'll have 55 minutes to complete this section, which accounts for 50 percent of your final grade. 2) Free-ResponseWoodworth, Steven E. is the author of 'Best Test Prep for the AP United States History ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780738602189 and ISBN 0738602183.