Note that gWhiz provided me with a promotional code to download this app for free in order to write this review.
This is a review of the iTunes app 5 Steps To A 5: 500 AP US History Questions To Know By Test Day which was created by gWhiz on behalf of or under contract with McGraw-Hill. The goal for this app is to provide a mobile support or even supplement to the hard copy of McGraw-Hill’s book of the same name. The app is available for the iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store and it cost $13.99 to purchase.
Using the Emantras taxonomy of different types of mobile learning programs (see 7 Learning Models for Mobile Learning), this app is a test prep (i.e., “Mobile learning that can be easily adapted to design multiple choice tests and fill-in-the-blank answers. By constant review of test prep material, students can ensure better preparation for exams.”).
The app itself is structured in much the same way that the multiple-choice portion of the 5 Steps To A 5: European History I reviewed a month or so ago. The questions itself are divided into what I suspect are the chapters of the review book that McGraw-Hill has published to accompany the app.
The quiz can be scored as the student progresses or all at the end.
The questions appeared the same way they did in the 5 Steps To A 5: European History app:
And questions worked the same was as the other app, where correct responses were highlighted in green and when incorrect responses were provided the option the student selected is given in red and the correct response in green – and in both instances a rationale is provided to the student.
Overall, I liked this app for what it did – and suspect that I would have even more to say about it if I had the accompanying book that this app supports. The app was designed to provide test prep for the AP exam. It does exactly that – 500 times over.
Note that I have two additional McGraw-Hill apps from gWhiz that they sent me to review: AP World History – 5 Steps to a 5 for $9.99 (which is formatted exactly the same as the 5 Steps To A 5: European History app) and then 5 Steps To A 5: 500 AP Psychology Questions To Know By Test Day (which is formatted exactly the same as the app reviewed in this entry) – so I’m not sure if I’ll get around to reviewing them. I would suggest probably not, unless I gain some additional insights or a different lens in which to look at these final two apps.