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 May 29, 2016.

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$5.99$0.012003Yes2
Barron's How to Prepare for the AP Statistics, 3rd Edition4.520$14.67$0.102004Yes6
CliffsAP Statistics4.53$12.89$1.322004Yes7
AP Statistics: NEW 3rd Edition (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation)5.03$4.00$0.012006Yes4
Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM (Barron's AP Statistics (W/CD))5.03$6.99$0.012007Yes8
Barron's AP Statistics4.514$5.00$0.012007Yes6
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2008 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.01$9.50$0.012007Yes2
AP Statistics w/ CD-ROM (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation)5.01$0.012009Yes4
5 Steps to a 5 AP Statistics, 2010-2011 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)4.55$4.10$0.272009Yes2
Barron's AP 20104.514$5.19$0.012010Yes6
Master Math: AP Statistics5.03$14.48$7.192010Yes0
AP® Statistics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course)4.04$12.70$4.972011
Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM, 6th Edition (Barron's AP Statistics (W/CD))5.05$6.98$0.012012Yes5
Barron's AP Statistics, 6th Edition4.01$15.86$0.422012Yes5
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.06$3.92$0.012012Yes2
Barron's AP Statistics, 7th Edition5.05$8.49$0.292013Yes7
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.017$5.01$0.012013Yes2
AP Statistics 2015: Review Book for AP Statistics Exam with Practice Test Questions5.01$16.45$17.342014Yes4
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation)4.017$9.15$0.012014Yes2

Prices are current, as of May 29, 2016.


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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