Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam, 2016

Product DetailsCracking the AP Calculus AB Exam, 2016 Edition (College Test Preparation)
By Princeton Review
Retail Price:  $19.99
Amazon Price: $11.99

Book Description:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SCORE A PERFECT 5. Equip yourself to ace the AP Calculus AB Exam with The Princeton Review’s comprehensive study guide—including thorough content reviews, targeted strategies for every question type, access to our AP Connect online portal, and 3 full-length practice tests with complete answer explanations.

We don’t have to tell you how tough AP Calculus is—or how important a stellar score on the AP exam can be to your chances of getting into a top college of your choice. Written by Princeton Review experts who know their way around Calc AB, Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam will give you:

Techniques That Actually Work.
• Tried-and-true strategies to avoid traps and beat the test
• Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically
• Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harder

Everything You Need to Know for a High Score.
• Comprehensive content review for all test topics
• Up-to-date information on the 2016 AP Calculus AB Exam
• Engaging activities to help you critically assess your progress
• Access to AP Connect, our online portal for helpful pre-college information and exam updates

Practice Your Way to Perfection.
• 3 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations
• Practice drills throughout each content review chapter
• Handy reference guide of key calculus formulas

Review

I have looked around at the plethora of Test Prep Guides and Princeton Review Guides stand out as the best guide available.

Get ready for your AP Calculus BC exam with this straightforward, easy-to-follow study guide―updated for all the latest exam changes  This guide is an excellent preparation program that will help you build the skills, knowledge, and test-taking confidence you need to succeed. This fully revised edition covers the latest course syllabus and matches the latest exam.  It is comprehensive and up to date with 3 full length practice tests with detailed explanations for the answers.  I highly recommend it!

~Reviewed by Mr. Boz, Calculus Teacher

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    Cracking the CBEST, 3rd Edition (Professional Test Preparation)

    Cracking the CBEST, 3rd Edition (Professional Test Preparation)
    Princeton Review
    Retail Price: $19.99
    Amazon Price: $14.94

    Book Description:  THE PRINCETON REVIEW GETS RESULTS. Get all the prep you need to ace the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) with 3 full-length practice tests, thorough topic reviews, and proven techniques to help you score higher.

    Techniques That Actually Work.
    • Tried-and-true tactics to help you avoid traps and beat the test
    • Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically
    • Essential strategies to help you work smarter, not harder

    Everything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High Score.

    • Comprehensive content reviews for all test topics
    • A helpful essay template to break down the writing section piece-by-piece
    • Math fundamentals to help you review the basics, as well as estimation, measurement, statistical principles, computation, and more

    Practice Your Way to Excellence.
    3 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations
    • Tons of practice problems and drills
    • Summary lists at the end of each content review chapter

    Review

    If you want to teach public school in California or Oregon (or if you want the option to!) You have to pass CBEST,  a standardized test administered throughout the state of California and Oregon for individuals who gain their teaching credentials in these states.  My fiance just got a job in Oregon and, while I am currently certified to teach in my home state, I will be having to take this test when I move there. The test is designed to provide information about basic proficiency in reading, mathematics, and writing.  This Test-Prep guide will help you to reach your goal and ace this test!  It provides a comprehensive review of all the test topics, math fundamentals, and correct essay structure.  And the three practice tests will help you to get used to the actual test.   I highly recommend this Test Prep Guide!

    ~Reviewed by Jeni H.

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      The Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition

      Product DetailsThe Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition (College Admissions Guides)
      Princeton Review
      Retail Price:  $23.99
      Amazon Price: $13.49

      Book Description:   What Makes THE BEST 380 COLLEGES the Most Popular College Guide?

      Written for any student or parent mystified by the confusing college admissions process, The Best 380 Colleges provides the facts and information needed to make a smart decision about which of the country’s best schools to consider. It contains everything you need to make the right college choice and features:

      DIRECT QUOTES FROM STUDENTS
      · In-depth school profiles covering academics, administration, campus life, and financial aid
      · Insights on unique college character, social scene, and more
      · Candid feedback from 136,000 students

      RANKING LISTS & RATINGS SCORES
      · Lists of the top 20 colleges in 62 categories based on students’ opinions of academics, campus life, facilities, and much more
      · Ratings for every school on Financial Aid, Selectivity, and Quality of Life
      · Bonus list of the 200 schools featured in Colleges That Pay You Back

      DETAILED ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
      · The “Inside Word” on competitive applications
      · Tuition, graduation rates, and average indebtedness

      Review

      My son is exceptional.  He makes great grades and is very involved in the community and his school.  My husband and I are more blue collar workers and only have degrees from community college.  We have never done a college search before as we both attended locally.  We wanted to help our son find the best school to fit him, giving him a great start in his adult life.  This book is helping us do just that.  It is full of information, but not so much that it is overwhelming.  The book is organized well, making it easy to find the information you are seeking.  It is helping our family to sort through the colleges to make the best decision.  While our criteria, as parents, is different than our sons, The Best 380 Colleges provides ranges of categories so that we are all finding the information we need to make an informed decision.  This is a fantastic resource.

      ~Reviewed by Kathy B.

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        Periodic Tales

        Periodic Tales
        By Hugh Aldersey Williams
        Tantor
        Retail Price: $29.99

        Book Description:  Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colorful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate journey through mines and artists’ studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the sea to discover the true stories of these fascinating but mysterious building blocks of the universe.

         

        Review

        I am not a “science guy” so I wasn’t sure that I would find this audiobook interesting.  However, it was given to me as a gift and I face long commutes everyday, so I thought I would give it a try.  I am really glad I did.  The audiobook was full of fascinating information and the narrator did a wonderful job in presenting the material in an interesting way.  You can tell the author is passionate about this topic and and is pleased to share it with his audience.  I learned so many interesting facts that help me to understand our world a little bit better.

        ~Reviewed by George C.

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          Managing Copyright in Higher Education

          Managing Copyright in Higher Education
          By Donna L. Ferullo
          Rowman & Littlefield
          Retail Price $45.00
          Amazon Price: $42.75

          Book Description: 

          As more and more colleges and universities establish copyright offices and/or assign the responsibilities of copyright education and advisory services to specific individuals within the institution, many times librarians, there is a paucity of resources available on how to manage that responsibility. Most works on copyright discuss the law and court cases interpreting the law but few address the situational application of it and the management and coordination of copyright efforts on a campus.Here is a complete, one-stop, guide to managing copyright at all levels—community college, college, and university.

          Complete chapters are devoted to:

          • The university culture
          • The role of a copyright office
          • How to establish a copyright office
          • Copyright services for librarians
          • Copyright services for faculty
          • Copyright services for administrators and staff
          • Copyright services for students

          Written by the director of the University Copyright Office at Purdue University who holds both law and library science degrees, this is complete, authoritative guide is a must-purchase for every institution of higher education seeking to comply with the copyright law and thus avoid potential liability exposure.

          Review

          If you work at a university at any level, you will want to get a copy of this book.  It is a very readable volume on handling the issue copyright in a university setting.  It is a must have for professors and should be available in every college library.  While the subject matter is vast, the book is very readable and fairly easy to grasp and apply.
          In this book the author offers us a road map through the wilderness of copyright management in universities.  It is a fantastic resource.

          ~Reviewed by David H.

           

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            Island on Fire

            Island on Fire
            By Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe
            Pegasus
            Retail Price $26.95
            Amazon Price: $19.86

            Book Description: 

            Can a single explosion change the course of history? An eruption at the end of the 18th century led to years of climate change while igniting famine, disease, even perhaps revolution. Laki is one of Iceland’s most fearsome volcanoes.

            Laki is Iceland’s largest volcano. Its eruption in 1783 is one of history’s great, untold natural disasters. Spewing out sun-blocking ash and then a poisonous fog for eight long months, the effects of the eruption lingered across the world for years.  It caused the deaths of people as far away as the Nile and created catastrophic conditions throughout Europe.

            Island on Fire is the story not only of a single eruption but the people whose lives it changed, the dawn of modern volcanology, as well as the history—and potential—of other super-volcanoes like Laki around the world. And perhaps most pertinently, in the wake of the eruption of another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, which closed European air space in 2010, acclaimed science writers Witze and Kanipe look at what might transpire should Laki erupt again in our lifetime.

            B&W illustrations throughout

            Review

            I made a commitment this year to learn something new every month, from science to history, to technology and more.  This month I picked up Island on Fire because I didn’t know much about Iceland and never even heard of the Laki Volcano and its history.  This book was a wealth of information not only on the volcano itself, but on the aftermath of it’s eruptions throughout history including the devastating of effects of all the chemicals and materials spewed out during an eruption.  The authors  not only focus on Laki, but on other volcanoes as well.  The book is well written and the authors don’t bog you down with technical wording, but write in a very understandable manner.  It will be of great interest to history-buffs and science geeks alike.

            ~Reviewed by Dave H.

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              Master the Boards

              Master the Boards: USMLE Step 3
              By Conrad Fischer MD
              Kaplan
              Retail Price $54.99
              Amazon Price: $38.78

              Book Description: 

              Fully updated to the 2015 exam change, Master the Boards USMLE® Step 3 helps you identify highly tested concepts, sharpen recall, and recognize the most likely answer on the test. With exclusive test-day tips and targeted review from USMLE expert Conrad Fischer, MD, this full-color review book ensures there are no surprises on test day.

              FEATURES:

              NEW! Just enough basic science for the exam
              NEW! Patient safety notes
              Exam-like focus on best initial diagnostic test, most accurate test, & most likely diagnosis
              Step-by-step approach to diagnosis & management
              Page-by-page links to the comprehensive Kaplan USMLE Step 3 QBank
              Practical CCS tips

              Review

              I think this is the best review book for Step 3 available.  There is not too much extraneous information and no fake questions that are either too easy or too hard. Just a lot of good information that will help you ace the test.  This guide prepares you for every aspect of the challenging USMLE Step 3 exam with questions and concise answers that are up-to-date and relevant.  The book is organized well and is easy to read.  Best yet, it is extremely effective for ensuring success on this test.

              ~Reviewed by John C.

               

               

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                Anatomy of Nature

                Nature Anatomy
                By Julia Rothman
                Storey
                Retail Price $16.95
                Amazon Price: $12.36

                Book Description: 

                See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly migration, the ecosystem of a rotting log, the parts of a bird, the anatomy of a jellyfish, and much, much more.

                Review

                This is a great way to satisfy your curiosity about so many things in nature!  It is really so much fun!  While I have enjoyed it as an adult,  I found this a great way to share my love of natural wonders with my kids.  We’ve spent hours pouring over the illustrations and the tidbits of information.  Because it is a fun book,  you don’t even realize how much you are learning as you spend time in this intriguing little book.

                ~Reviewed by Nancy S.

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                  900 Practice Questions for the Upper Level SSAT & ISEE

                  900 Practice Questions for the Upper Level SSAT & ISEE
                  By Princeton Reviews
                  Princeton Reviews
                  Retail Price $18.99
                  Amazon Price: $13.73

                  Book Description

                  PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT … and The Princeton Review brings you all the practice you need to ace the Upper Level SSAT or ISEE and get into the private school of your choice.

                  The Secondary School Aptitude Test (SSAT) and Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) are crucial parts of the application process for private schools. Give yourself or your student a leg up in the competitive admissions race with this workout book full of practice problems and explanations to help hone your areas of strength, improve your areas of weakness, and drill your way to success.

                  Practice Your Way to Perfection.

                  • 2 full-length practice tests (1 for SSAT & 1 for ISEE), plus nearly 600 additional questions
                  • Alternating SSAT & ISEE drills that provide a clear comparison of specific
                  • Verbal, Math, Reading, and Writing question types

                  Academic and Strategic Explanations.

                  • Solve questions “your teacher’s way” using a fundamental-skills approach
                  • Learn when to apply The Princeton Review’s test-cracking techniques

                  Take Control of Your Prep.
                  • Assess your current knowledge and use the drills included to hone in on
                  the areas where you need improvement
                  • Customize your study plan for a higher score

                  Review

                   

                  This guide gives you the best way to study for these upper level tests. Practice is an essential part of preparing for a test and improving a test taker’s chance of success. The best way to practice taking a test is by going through lots of practice test questions.  There is a tremendous advantage to someone taking the test that is already familiar with the questions and answer choices. Another advantage of taking practice tests is that you can assess your performance and see if you need to study and practice more, or if you’re already prepared enough to achieve success on your test day. If you do well on the practice test, then you know you’re prepared. If you struggle on the practice test, then you know you may still have more work to do to get prepared. Taking lots of practice tests helps ensure that you are not surprised or disappointed on your test day.

                  This guide gives you the opportunity to test your knowledge on a set of questions. You can know everything that is going to be covered on the test and it will not do you any good on test day if you have not had a chance to practice. Repetition is a key to success and using practice test questions allows you to reinforce your strengths and improve your weaknesses. You will also find detailed answer explanations that will allow you to better understand any questions that were difficult for you or that you needed more help to understand.

                  I highly recommend this test prep guide to help you ace the tests that will get you into your first choice private school.

                  ~Reviewed by Sarah P.

                   

                   

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                    Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2015

                    Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2015
                    By Princeton Reviews
                    Princeton Reviews
                    Retail Price $18.99
                    Amazon Price: $11.99

                    Book Description: 

                    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SCORE A PERFECT 5. Equip yourself to ace the AP Biology Exam with The Princeton Review’s comprehensive study guide—including thorough content reviews, targeted strategies for every question type, and 2 full-length practice tests with complete answer explanations.

                    We don’t have to tell you how tough AP Biology isor how important a stellar score on the AP exam can be to your chances of getting into a top college of your choice. Written by Princeton Review experts who know their way around Bio, Cracking the AP Biology Exam will give you:

                    Techniques That Actually Work.
                    • Tried-and-true strategies to avoid traps and beat the test
                    • Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically
                    • Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harder

                    Everything You Need to Know for a High Score.
                    • Comprehensive content review for all test topics
                    • Up-to-date information on the 2015 AP Biology Exam
                    • Engaging activities to help you critically assess your progress

                    Practice Your Way to Perfection.
                    2 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations
                    • Practice drills at the end of each content review chapter

                    Review

                    Including 2 full length exams, structured and styled exactly like what you will find on the real test, this study guide is designed to increase and maximize scores for any student regardless of current subject knowledge and skills. By providing only the effective content a student needs, your time is better spent meaning total study time is actually decreased, preventing burnout and mental fatigue.  This allows for better retention of the key concepts needed for the AP Biology test. You won’t find any filler or fluff, just the facts that you need to know to ace the exam.  With this test prep guide you will hone your skills and be prepared without over studying.

                    ~Reviewed by Ronnie G.

                     

                     

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