AP US History Masterpost


  • Outlines chapters within the Brinkley

  • This is a site that I have discovered but have not used. It features videos on the Brinkley, America’s History, American Pageant, and the Give Me Liberty! textbooks. The videos are also organized by periods. This site also features “mystery documents” like John Green. There is also a section for essay topics and videos by topic instead of period (for example: Civils Rights Movement, Presidential Elections, Cold War). They also feature a list of main topics to know within each period.

  • John Green’s APUSH Crash Course videos: all are less than 16 minutes long and vaguely covers from the New World Discovery to Obama.

  • My personal favorite besides John Green. He has videos on each time period as well as a timeline and documents.

Books I recommend:

  • AMSCO’s AP US History Prep Book by John J. Newman

I personally used one that was at least 2-3 years old because it was cheaper, but realize that the information about the test, on older editions, have changed! If you want the 2015 edition then the information on the test is probably more accurate.

  • Princeton Review

I have not used Princeton Review for this specific exam. I’ve used it for AP Human Geography and loved it. It had so many useful tips for testing and connected events/phenomenon together.


I was too busy to make my own flashcards (I was taking APUSH, AP Lang, Trig, and Physics at the same time) as well as everyone else in my class so my teacher bought 10-15 cases of flashcards from 3 different sets

  1. Barron’s AP US History
  2. Kaplan’s AP US History in a Box
  3. 5 Steps to a 5:
  • Personally my favorite flashcard set despite the fact that I got a 4 haha. It has 600 terms to know for APUSH, which may seem like a lot, but after you go through them you’ll amazed by just how much you know (or don’t).


  • Read your assigned reading every night. I know that sounds obvious but no matter what read it! 
  • Spend more time on topics that you do not know or are hazy about than those you have learned about since the 3rd grade.
  • Make a list of key events/vocabulary for each chapter to keep as a reference for end of the year reviewing.
  • Try to do a little bit of sample questions on the AP test a week.
  • If your teacher gives your DBQ’s, FRQ’s, essays, and short answers, DO NOT COMPLAIN. Trust me it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
  • Be familiar with any books, pamphlets, newspapers, and overall documents for each period.
  • Make sure you understand political cartoons.
  • Progressives, labor unions, women’s movement, reforms, transcendentalism, civil rights, and the loose/strict constructionism of the Constitution are important . These are big themes throughout the exam and history.
  • Be able to relate events. For example: What does the Civil Rights Movement and the American Revolution share in common? (really easy example but the need for freedom).