Find the Right Study Guide

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.

  • Price: The price of a new or used book on, as of October 23, 2018.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).
  • Content: Coverage of test topics.

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 very 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
5 Steps to a 5 on the AP: Statistics$14.99$1.994.522003
Barron's How to Prepare for the AP Statistics, 3rd Edition$2.99$2.844.5202004
CliffsAP Statistics$40.89$1.494.532004
AP Statistics: NEW 3rd Edition (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation)$44.00$3.995.032006
Barron's AP Statistics$24.32$1.004.5142007
Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM$6.99$1.345.032007
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2008 Edition (College Test Preparation)$6.00$2.184.012007
AP Statistics w/ CD-ROM (Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation)$63.65$1.995.012009
5 Steps to a 5 AP Statistics, 2010-2011 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)$18.58$1.004.562009
Barron's AP 2010$18.60$1.004.5142010
Barron's AP 2010 and CD$7.86$2.295.052010
Master Math: AP Statistics$27.85$5.995.032010
APĀ® Statistics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course)$12.70$1.514.042011
Barron's AP Statistics, 6th Edition$18.99$1.444.012012
Barron's AP Statistics with CD-ROM, 6th Edition (Barron's AP Statistics (W/CD))$12.35$3.505.052012
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation)$6.00$0.094.062012
Barron's AP Statistics, 7th Edition$22.94$1.265.052013
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation)$2.47$1.714.0172013
AP Statistics 2015: Review Book for AP Statistics Exam with Practice Test Questions$42.42$36.285.012014
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation)$11.75$2.994.0172014
Barron's AP Statistics, 8th Edition$18.64$1.444.5652015
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2017 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)$19.98$1.814.082016
Barron's AP Statistics$12.91$2.564.5272017
Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2018 Edition: Proven Techniques to Help You Score a 5 (College Test Preparation)$19.99$2.475.012017
5 Steps to a 5: AP Statistics 2018$14.25$3.504.042017

Prices are current, as of October 23, 2018.


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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