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
- 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 Amazon.com, as of
August 29, 2014.
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).
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.
Prices are current, as of August 29, 2014.
The best study guide for Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics depends on your
personal needs. Here are some things to consider.
Cost. If you want a new study guide at a low price, choose Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation). If you want a used study guide at a low price, choose one of the following: 5 Steps to a 5 on the AP: Statistics or Barron's How to Prepare for the AP Statistics, 3rd Edition or Barron's AP Statistics or Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM or Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2008 Edition (College Test Preparation) or 5 Steps to a 5 AP Statistics, 2010-2011 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series) or Barron's AP 2010 or Barron's AP 2010 and CD or Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation).
User satisfaction. The highest rated books were AP Statistics: NEW 3rd Edition (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation), Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM, AP Statistics w/ CD-ROM (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation), Barron's AP 2010 and CD, Master Math: AP Statistics, Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM, 6th Edition (Barron's AP Statistics (W/CD)), Barron's AP Statistics, 7th Edition, all with a satisfaction rating of 5.0.
Limit your choices to books with favorable user ratings - at least 4.5 on the 5-point
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