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AP World History (First AP Exam)

MattNCMattNC - Posts: 3,437 Senior Member
edited February 2010 in AP Tests Preparation
What should I expect on the AP World Exam? What has been on it the most in recent years? How should I study for it? When should I start studying for it? How long per night/per day/per week/per month, what ever it may be should I study for it?

I just want some general answers. I know that the first two questions are pretty general, but I'm pretty much trying to figure out what my plan is to attack preparing for this exam, as it is my first AP Exam.
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Replies to: AP World History (First AP Exam)

  • neil30zneil30z Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    It's going to be my first exam too (along with bio and es). The AP exam isn't too difficult as i've heard from my peers. The MCQ's are relatively straightforward, however the essays seem to be the weak point in most test-takers.

    I'm studying for about 5hrs a week (including the weekend). I've done this for the fall term, and gotten mid-90's on all my class exams (which, according to my teacher, are harder than the real AP).
    I might amp my study time to maybe 6 or 7hrs a week to focus on essay writing.

    My class is using the "world civilizations" txtbk, and we're up to chapter 20 out of the 36 we need to finish by May. If you're class is similar to mine, you should read ahead and do the complementary hw's. Currently i'm up to chp 23. This way you'll be done before your class is, do well on the class exams and can focus more on specific studying using a prepbook. I'm using Barron's, but others are using PR; they're all the same to me.
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    APWH MC - Common Sense if you read your apwh textbook.

    Essays - if you know the rubric, then you know how to get a 9. Btw, if you have weak area in apwh, better pray that it won't be on FR this year.
  • MattNCMattNC - Posts: 3,437 Senior Member
    The main problem in my class is, my teacher just reads notes in a monotone voice, and I'm really bored and tired. He never gives homework we just take notes, and we read out of the textbook to study for the test, and then do a 12 page essay once a quarter.. It's really I don't know. LoL. Basically I should study the textbook a lot, and go ahead and read the chapters and do whatever work. It doesn't really give work in it, it's just a long textbook of info and summaries.
  • 10scholar10scholar Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    What everybody else has said... just be prepared to write an unbelievable amount right in a row. I think I wrote like 17 pages on the exam last year. But it's not too tough in terms of actual knowledge, just takes a lot of hard work.
  • ncm2012ncm2012 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    @neil30z - Are you already studying 5 hrs/wk for the AP exam in May?
  • neil30zneil30z Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    My 5hrs/week study schedule has been active since school started. It breaks down like this:
    HW = 3hrs
    Reading ahead = 2 hrs.
    From Mon-Thurs i do the hw, so i can get it in by Fri. I dont study at all on friday, and then read ahead on sat/sun.

    @jerry, yeah, i really hope i don't mess up on the frq. We've had 3 essays for the fall term, and i've only gotten: 5,6,8. At least im improving.
    also, my teacher makes us handwrite the homework, because when she let last year's class type up the hw, their hands weren't used to all of the writing on the actual exam, and they did terrible on the ap. although a bit silly, workout your wrist in order to write ALOT on the ap.
  • ncm2012ncm2012 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    So not necessarily studying for the exam, but working to do well in class
  • neil30zneil30z Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Yes, but keep in mind, that if "you" finish the course first (by reading ahead and doing hw), you will have more time before May to actually study for the AP. Studying shouldn't even be too hard since you're already done with the course. Basically, you should be studying for the specifics that still trouble you, and especially essay writing.
  • PEQXC2012PEQXC2012 Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    It's not that hard, if you write essays in class jsut read the PR review book a week before and maybe your textbook on some of your weak topics, easy 5.
  • jfh034jfh034 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    are we allowed to use A.D. and B.C. in the essays, or will we lose points if we don''t use the politically correct BCE and CE? i asked my teacher but she didnt know lol
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    i think you could use A.D. and B.C. in your essays, but they both have that religious connotation. And BCE and CE is more neutral and academic. Nevertheless, there are some college history textbooks that go with A.D. and B.C., like the American Pageant.
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