Shmoop Updates AP Exam Guides in Time for Testing

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — So you want to be President of the United States?* It does seem like an okay gig.

Supposing a student does want to be president, the first step along the way to getting his or her fanny into that big chair in the big office is acing the AP exams. Voters want the guy/gal in charge to have some semblance of a brain (despite the track record of oh-so-many politicians). Remember: Red phone=Nukes. Black phone=Domino’s.

While “phone selection” may not be an area specifically covered on the exams, they will test a student's overall know-her-stuffness. The AP exams are only a week and a half away, and it’s a good time for students to brush up on all their favorite (or least favorite) subjects. Especially for those who seek to move out of their parents’ house and into the White House…or any other house really.

Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, is introducing guides and practice exams for 20 AP subjects, including AP US History, AP English Literature, and AP Calculus AB & BC. The company has also added brand new practice exams to many of their guides (w00t). If there was an AP Election Fundraiser, they’d be on that, too.

These guides explain:     Which economic systems have existed throughout history. Was currency used during a particular era, or was bartering the fashionable thing? Is it true that Martinique was bought by the French for a Honus Wagner rookie card?

    Energy resources and consumption. If they’re fossil fuels, shouldn’t they be in a museum?

    Why Roanoke mysteriously disappeared. Seriously, where did it go? It couldn’t leave a note?

Students may have a hundred brilliant ideas for how to revive our economy (short of strapping it to a lab table and waiting for lightning to strike), but if they have any designs on running this country, they'll have to start by impressing the pants off the College Board. Shmoop can help, and it’s only a click away…so you can keep your own pants on.

Editor’s note: AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

*There is debate as to whether or not 'President' should be capitalized. Shmoop chose to capitalize the title. He (or potentially she) is the leader of the free world for Pete's sake.

About Shmoop

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Ted Kietzman
Shmoop University, Inc.