Review of Study Guides: AP Statistics

Many books provide test-preparation help for the AP Statistics exam. To identify the best study guide, Stat Trek evaluated the various alternatives.

How We Evaluated AP Study Guides

We evaluated the major study guides published since 2003 on the following criteria.

  • Content: Coverage of test topics.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).
  • Advice for test-taking success.
  • Number of practice tests.
  • Price: The price of a new or used book on, as of April 24, 2017.

We have only reported results for study guides that were highly rated by students (i.e., study guides that received a satisfaction rating of at least 4.0 on a 5-point scale).

Evaluation Findings

All of the highly-rated study guides covered the test content fairly well. With respect to other criteria, however, some books were better than others. Strengths and weaknesses of the various study guides are summarized below.

Study guides
New priceUsed pricePub
5 Steps to a 5 on the AP: Statistics4.52$5.00$0.012003Yes2
Barron's How to Prepare for the AP Statistics, 3rd Edition4.520$11.99$1.992004Yes6
CliffsAP Statistics4.53$21.00$1.922004Yes7
AP Statistics: NEW 3rd Edition (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation)5.03$57.06$1.992006Yes4
Barron's AP Statistics4.514$5.00$1.002007Yes6
Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM (Barron's AP Statistics (W/CD))5.03$6.99$1.352007Yes8
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2008 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.01$9.00$3.992007Yes2
AP Statistics w/ CD-ROM (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation)5.01$59.64$5.952009Yes4
5 Steps to a 5 AP Statistics, 2010-2011 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)4.55$12.26$1.002009Yes2
Barron's AP 2010 and CD5.05$8.55$1.002010Yes8
Barron's AP 20104.514$4.98$0.012010Yes6
Master Math: AP Statistics5.03$19.99$7.982010Yes0
AP® Statistics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course)4.04$11.75$1.502011
Barron's AP Statistics, 6th Edition4.01$35.61$1.942012Yes5
Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM, 6th Edition (Barron's AP Statistics (W/CD))5.05$11.95$3.012012Yes5
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.06$6.24$0.012012Yes2
Barron's AP Statistics, 7th Edition5.05$6.00$1.012013Yes7
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.017$9.00$2.972013Yes2
AP Statistics 2015: Review Book for AP Statistics Exam with Practice Test Questions5.01$17.85$14.972014Yes4
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.017$6.00$2.992014Yes2

Prices are current, as of April 24, 2017.


The best study guide for Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics depends on your personal needs. Here are some things to consider.

Limit your choices to books with favorable user ratings - at least 4.5 on the 5-point satisfaction scale.

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