AP United States History AP Test Prep Sheet Mr. McCann Strive for Excellence 3-4-5 The Test The AP United States History test consists of three types of questions: the multiple- choice question, the document-based question, and the standard essay question. Both types of essay questions are referred to as free response questions. In evaluating the exam, essay answers account for 50% of the grade. Time Factors The US history exam is 3 hours and 5 minutes in length. You are given 55 minutes to answer 80 multiple-choice questions. The essay sections of the test take 2 hours and 10 minutes, in which you must answer one DBQ and two essays. The regular essays are presented in two sets of two questions; you must answer one question from each set (two total). This time is divided so that you have 15 minutes to read and analyze the DBQ and 45 minutes to write it. You will then have 70 minutes to answer the two essays. It is suggested that you spend 5 minutes reading and making notes on the two questions and 30 minutes writing each answer. Watch your time! Content Allocation By ERA 1600-1789: 17% or 13-14Q 1790-1914: 50% or 40Q 1915 to Present: 33% or 26-27Q By GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER Political Topics- 35% or 28Q Social Topics- 35% or 28Q Diplomacy and International Relations- 15% or 8Q Economic Topics- 10% or 8Q Cultural or Intellectual Topics- 5% or 4Q Scoring of Multiple-Choice One-fourth of a point is taken off for each incorrect answer. Therefore, don’t guess blindly at answers but rather analyze the choices. If you can eliminate one of two of the answers choose from the remaining 3 or 4 choices and answer the question. Eliminating two or more choices give you a better than even chance of a correct pick. Approximate Scoring Statistics To get a “3” or “Qualified”- Answer 45 and leave 35 blank To get a “4” or “Well Qualified”- Answer 60 and leave 20 blank To get a “5” or “Extremely Well Qualified”- Answer all you can, few as possible blank Night Before and Test Day Get to bed at a decent hour after studying a bit of general information from review sheet. Have a reasonable, but not “piggy” breakfast. Wear comfortable clothes. Relax- Do your best! At this point, what will be will be, so don’t stress!