Exam Info And Course Content
The AP US History exam consists of 2 sections, but 4 parts. The first part is 55 multiple choice questions. It lasts 55 minutes and makes up 40% of your exam score.
The second part is 4 short answer questions, and it lasts 50 minutes. (20% of your exam score)
The third part is 1 document based question that lasts 55 minutes. (25%)
The last part is a long essay that lasts 35 minutes and makes up 15% of your exam score.
Last Time The Exam Changed
The course was changed for the 2014-2015 school year, so we recommend you to use one of the textbooks below to study.
The Best AP US History Textbooks
Barron’s APUSH book is the highest recommend AP US History review book on the market.
It is incredibly detailed, and it is updated to comply with the standards set by the new exam format.
The text is formatted according to the Key Concepts provided by College Board, so you can be sure that the book has everything you need to know for the exam.
It also has 2 full-length practice tests with all questions answered and explained.
We almost recommend you to get the Princeton Review AP US History book as it has summaries of every major historical event that you need to know for the test which is perfect for a quick review the night before the exam.
The Princeton Review book also explains how your essay will be graded which is important because it’s a big part of your overall grade.
The book also offers 2-full length practice tests and drills at the end of each chapter for targeted review.
This combination of Barron’s and Princeton Review’s prep books is bound to get you a 5 on the exam.
The AP US History exam is a hard one to self-study for as there is a lot of content on the exam, and it is hard to self-grade and practice essay writing specifically for the test.
However, it is still a doable feat if you start studying the summer before the exam.
We recommend buying the American Pageant and reading through the whole book. It has not been changed to comply with the new APUSH exam, but it will give you enough background information so you can start preparing for the exam using other books later.
Then get Barron’s book and read it cover to cover, doing all practice questions and exams.
You can also watch John Green’s US History videos to make sure you understand the underlying reasons for what happened in history.
When the AP exam is getting close, you can start going through the Princeton Review book to brush up on the old material and make sure that you can get a 5.
College Board provides free example test questions, so click here if you want to check them out.