Teachers using the K12 curriculum in their classroom might use this as their go-to tool for student study and review throughout the school year. Other teachers might recommend AP World History as a strong review tool for students’ independent review in the weeks leading up to the AP exam in May.Continue reading Show less
AP Exam Prep World History is a digital review tool for the AP World History exam. Users can experience a model AP exam through practice multiple-choice quizzes and free-response sections, or explore topics at their own pace through the Quick Review and Scored Essay sections. In Quick Review, users select an historical time period and then explore a list of themes from that period. Under each theme, users find a bulleted Summary, a Keywords glossary, a list of Essential Questions, and, in the Identifications section, a list of important people, events, and concepts. Users can also click Reading to launch pages from a textbook from the same publisher. Textbook pages can be magnified for easier reading, and they can be exported to the device’s camera roll or to email for easy access through another app.
The app’s Study Statistics section tracks user progress and time spent on each topic, multiple-choice quiz, and free-response quiz, and it’s easy to reset the statistics for different users or different study sessions. Users can also track their progress through the Quick Review section by clicking topics to flag them with a green checkmark for “completed” or with a red flag for “needs further review.” These marks also help the user customize the kinds of multiple-choice questions that appear elsewhere in the app.
This app is a solid review tool. A wealth of information is included, and tracking progress is easy, both deliberately (by flagging content) and automatically (with the user statistics). The Quick Review section is far more extensive than its name suggests, and its multimodal approach makes it a great choice for students, regardless of their preferred review strategy. It’s equally easy to read a book chapter, discuss essential questions, explore IDs, take quizzes, or outline an essay. About that book chapter: An entire ebook is built right into the app, making this both a stellar tool for review and a possible daily resource for the classroom.
The multiple-choice section is especially rigorous and unforgiving -- in a good way. Pick five topics to be quizzed on, and you’ll get a question per topic. If you miss one, an entire section is flagged for review. While that initially might seem harsh, it’s good practice for the reality of the AP exam, where it’s likely that there really might be only one or two questions about a given period or topic.
This isn’t the most visually appealing, inexpensive, or fancy AP review app on the market, and at almost half a GB, it takes up significant hard-drive space. But it’s a solid choice for the student who wants to buckle down for serious review.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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