AP Economics: Time to Put Down Angry Birds and Pull Out a Calculator

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Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Price: $2.99
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Oh, Advanced Placement tests, how you make the high schooler inside us all cringe! Your academic tendrils send shivering fears into almost everyone, but not CheongShim International, who took it upon themselves to build an AP Economics study guide worthy of any would-be tester. The result is largely successful with a few, shall we say, flaws in the numbers.

Function

As stated by the developer, AP Economics features a point-by-point analysis of some of the heftiest concepts in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have to tip my hat to the developer for offering both fields, as I’m sure it’s a handy addition for almost anyone needing a review. The section on microeconomics features seven different learning units, each with separate sub-lessons that help the user study. Likewise, the section devoted to macroeconomics is hefting around a 14 unit payload, which should be more than enough material for any tester.

It’s worth noting—I feel odd saying this, as this is an app titled AP Economics—that a lot of the review given is based around graphs, overall stability, and equations. Presumably, the user will have had a course in economics and will know what’s what within these short reviews. However, if you’re like me and have never set foot in an economics course, you might appreciate a bit more textual information for each point. Obviously no one as clueless as myself will need AP Economics, but I’m sure a little more info would be appreciated across the board.

AP Economics

Design

The AP Economics iPhone app utilizes something known as the Up Down Study system. The app has a row of numbers along the bottom that can be pressed to go up or down along a learning-based coordinate grid, but I’m not entirely sure how the study mechanic is intended to work. I have been through many classes, and half a dozen AP tests— though admittedly a while ago—but I have yet to discern how the Up Down Study system works. The developer says it improves studying habits and information retention, and though I do trust AP Economics, I wish it came with at least a short demonstration of how the process is intended to work.

Value

AP Economics is admittedly pricy for an iPhone app, resting at $2.99 in the AppStore. However, that’s still very cheap when compared to other study methods, and having such a comprehensive review in a pocketable format is a steal. That being said, the lack of more information for each point, as well as the confusing study method, may put certain users off. But if you need a full-force economics review, AP Economics will certainly cover the bases and then some.

AP Economics iPhone app requires iOS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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