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How difficult was the AP Human Geography Exam?

DartmouthBoundDartmouthBound Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
edited April 2012 in History & Social Sciences
I was looking around this forum for some information on the APHG exam and I was surprised to see that it wasn't mentioned very often.

If you've taken this exam, would you consider it one of the more difficult ones or an easier exam to pass?
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Replies to: How difficult was the AP Human Geography Exam?

  • IsurusIsurus Registered User Posts: 328 Junior Member
    It was very easy. I got a five on it self-studying Sophomore year.
  • knelz13knelz13 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I got an 88 in my AP Human Geography class my freshman year & got a 4 on the exam. I did not read any of the Barron books for the exam, only studied by textbook and vocabulary. Rubenstein Vocab flashcards | Quizlet <--- This link helped me ALOT, it has all of the vocabulary from the Human Geo textbook by Rubenstein. If you know your material, and do fairly well on the vocab quizzes, you should be fine. Write practice essays from the released essay section on College Board, do ANY practice multiple choice test you can find online (just google search one, tons come up). Good luck!
  • higheredaspirerhigheredaspirer Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    This exam is definitely one of the easier ones. I took the exam on a lark, no studying, cracking open a book, looking up format, etc. and got a 4. I'm taking the test again this year so I can get a 5, but I'm positive that only minimal preparation would be necessary to get there.
  • SaahilSaahil Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    I've taken lots of APs and human geo is by far the easiest in my opinion. Lots of freshmen in Florida take the class and thus the curve makes it easier to get a 5
  • DarthpwnerDarthpwner Registered User Posts: 1,007 Senior Member
    @higheredaspirer did you just look at the book the weekend before?
  • dirkslam41dirkslam41 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    Don't underestimate this "easy" test. I got a 2 because my teacher sucked ass; it was her first year. I highly recommend you get a review book because this year has only a 51% pass rate.

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  • statlantastatlanta Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    Read barron's a couple of times and made notecards in the months leading up to the test. No class and I took it as a sophomore and got a 5.
  • higheredaspirerhigheredaspirer Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Darthpwner, I took APES the same year I took the human geo test and some of the concepts overlap.
  • letjustinletjustin Registered User Posts: 409 Member
    APHG was my very first AP and I OVER STUDIED A LOT! Do not be discouraged by the low passing rates, the test is not very difficult. Self-study with the Barrons and/or Princeton until you can open up to any page, point to a random spot, and be able to explain thoroughly. If you do that, you'll get a 5.
  • JordanSaidWhatJordanSaidWhat Registered User Posts: 398 Member
    I took AP Human Geography as a freshman, in 2010. It was my very first AP class and AP exam, and all my prep included was reading an OLD Barron's book. That thing seemed archaic, pre-2000 maybe even. I made a 4, and that was before they removed the -1/4 rule. My program was terrible, and I practically self-studied. I was the only student in my graduating class to pass the exam, and 60+ students took the exam after the year-long course. Sad, ain't it?

    Read a prep book, and you'll be fine. :)
  • goldmindgoldmind - Posts: 347 Member
    you'll be fine just get a review book, i got a pr book and its pretty good. it has a high failure rate because of all the freshmen that take the exam and that arent prepared for it so if you are in the upper 75 percentile you will be fine.
  • differencemakerdifferencemaker Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member




    Would you mind sharing how you successfully self-studied for this exam? What did you do/use to prepare for this? Barron's? Any materials from the College Board? What did you do for each chapter in your review book(s)? Did you make flashcards or do rote memorization of any sort? Did you only read?
  • yonceonhismouthyonceonhismouth Registered User Posts: 1,968 Senior Member
    I don't really know what this commenter is doing ^^ He's posting very factually inaccurate information on many people's legitimate questions.

    I took the exam last spring, after taking the full year course. I focused in the class, always did the homework, and took 3-4 practice tests in the weeks leading up to the exam. I got a 5. It is very easy.
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