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Advanced Placement

Reviews and Testimonials

John, a Social Studies Department Chair in Illinois, swears by AMSCO's AP textbooks. John's school uses AMSCO products for five different classes including AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, and AP Government.

The AMSCO AP U.S. History Exam text is highly respected and utilized at both high schools as a supplementary text.

“In my role as High Schools Gifted Education Facilitator for Effingham County School District (GA), I purchase supplementary resources for courses serving our gifted and high achieving high school students. I’m always interested in materials that will truly help prepare these students for success on the Advanced Placement Exams they take in May. The AMSCO AP U.S. History Exam text is highly respected and utilized at both high schools as a supplementary text. Several teachers previewed the recently released AMSCO AP Human Geography Exam and AMSCO AP Psychology Exam texts, and they were very impressed with the organization and content. While our end of the year budget only allowed us to purchase a class set of one title for each school, I’ve already been asked to obtain more copies next year.

High School Gifted Program Facilitator
Effingham County Schools
Guyton, Georgia  

Government & Politics

“This book packs all of the knowledge and rigor necessary for my students to excel on their AP Exam each year in a more digestible format for high school students. We saw large increases to pass rates after switching to the AMSCO AP United States Government book by Wolfford.”

AP US Government Politics Teacher 
Social Studies Department Chair
Forest High School
Ocala, Florida  

World History

“What impressed me the most about the preparation manual for AP World History from AMSCO (Perfection Learning) was its attention to the format of the AP exam. Other guides hit the topics in the College Board provided curriculum framework well but what sets this book apart is how those topics are directed at the skills necessary to succeed on the AP exam. This moves beyond the assessments which are similar in difficulty and style to the items on released tests. This prep manual builds on this critical feature by employing the skills necessary for the exam within the passages to show students how historical arguments are made using various types of evidence.”

Social Studies Instructional Coach
Houston, Texas  

United States History

“I find the AMSCO to be an invaluable APSI and classroom resource, primarily because of its easy-to-use layout and organization, alignment with the revised AP U.S. History curriculum, and practice test items including numbers free-response questions. The “Think as a Historian” and “Historical Perspectives” features are added bonuses that encourage students to think about how historical thinking skills and the perspectives of historians are embedded into the course. I highly recommend this preparation guide as an accessible tool for students and teachers alike to supplement college-level texts in the AP U.S. History classroom

Rockdale County High School
Conyers, Georgia

“I’ve used the “AMSCO” book in AP U.S. History for over a decade. It is consistently a student favorite for its was of use and straightforward style. It is evident that the book is written by classroom teachers which makes it particularly practical and useful for relevant review. The book’s recent updates to keep current with the changes in the AP U.S. History curriculum have been uniquely helpful and timely during this transition period.”

Social Studies Department Chair
Lincoln Northeast High School
Lincoln, Nebraska  

“We have been using AMSCO for years as a supplement to our textbook. Students often comment on how helpful AMSCO is in helping them to understand the key information in each historical period. AMSCO had the new redesign material ready when College Board transitioned to the new format, and it was instrumental in helping our students prepare for the AP exam.”

AP U.S. History Teacher
Orlando, Florida  

AMSCO’s United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination is a great complement to the AP U.S. History curriculum. I use it exclusively in the classroom and my students really like the format. The focus on historical thinking skills has been especially helpful in teaching essay writing, and my students writing has improved.”

AP United States History & AP European History Teacher
Orlando, Florida  

“In my 30 years teaching AP U.S. History, I’ve seen dozens of review books come and go. The best, and the one I always recommend to teachers, is the AMSCO Preparing for the Advanced Placement U.S. History Examination. It is concise, accurate, attuned to the course framework, well organized, student-friendly, and just what a review text should be.”

Alexandria, Virginia