AP Exam Info

Date of Exam - Friday, May 8, 2015


Note - The exam format has changed this year! According to CollegeBoard,
"Beginning with the 2015 exam, students are required to apply historical thinking skills and knowledge of content as they respond, in writing, to new short-answer, document-based, and essay questions. Newly designed multiple-choice questions ask students to use their knowledge of content to analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources."

Section I: Multiple-Choice/Short-Answer Section

Part A – 55 questions, 55 minutes, 40% of total exam score
The multiple-choice section will contain a number of sets of questions, with between two and five questions per set, that ask students to respond to stimulus material a primary or secondary source, including texts, images, charts, graphs, maps, etc. This stimulus material will reflect the types of evidence that historians use in their research on the past. 

Part B – 4 questions, 50 minutes, 20% of total exam score
Short-answer questions will directly address one or more of the thematic learning objectives for the course. At least two of the four questions will have elements of internal choice, providing opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know best. 

Section II: Free-Response Section 

Part A - 1 question, 55 minutes, 25% of total exam score
 The document-based question measures students ability to analyze and synthesize historical data and to assess verbal, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence. As with the long essay, responses to the document based question will be judged on students ability to formulate a thesis and support it with relevant evidence. 

Part B - 1 question (choice provided), 35 minutes, 15% of total exam score
 To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know best, they will be given a choice between two comparable long essay options. The long essay questions will measure the use of historical thinking skills to explain and analyze significant issues in U.S. history as defined by the thematic learning objectives. 

AP Exam Review Resources:

Answer key for (2014) AP review book

Practice Test (1996)
(We will complete this in class during the exam review period.)

Gilder Lehrman AP U.S. History study guide -  http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/

Practice questions! 

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