Barron’s AP Psychology, 6th Edition

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  • its wording isn’t more concise or thorough than what students would experience from their textbooks
  • not a perfect reflection of what to expect on the latest exam
  • a rather valuable supplement to an AP Psych course that already satisfies a student’s test prep needs

Bestseller that Barron’s AP Psychology may be, the prep book will disappoint users expecting a completely impressive and effective package. That’s not meant to categorically dismiss its contents: it covers topics like Personality and Developmental Psychology with the comprehensiveness one would expect from such a top-name publisher. But students’ textbooks or class materials likely address this information in a similarly thorough fashion, making it more difficult to justify purchasing Barron’s book as a valuable strategic alternative.

Author Allyson Weseley hasn’t particularly exerted herself in positioning the title as a concise, information-rich volume, as readers might find their textbooks or even online resources delving into AP subject matter more succinctly. The book’s six practice tests are generous if rather generic. Their wording and question style don’t accurately reflect the latest update to AP Psych’s curriculum or exam format, although the free response questions do continue to carry some value for today’s test takers.

Some advantages Barron’s does offer include the “Fabulous 15” selection of the most significant psychologists that students should memorize before exam day, the challenging and beneficial diagnostic exam, and its rather insightful “Multiple Choice Test-Taking Tips.” These pluses make the book a promising supplement to an already capable AP Psych yearlong class, yet in no way a sufficient replacement for such.