AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM. Survivors, help!

<p>So..I'm taking the exam in about well..less than two weeks really. Actually, I'm taking : Psychology AP, US Gov and Politics AP, Macroeconomics AP and World History AP exam</p>

<p>US Gov and Politics I'm just going to read through a packet our teacher gave us, hopefully it won't take more than a week.
Macroeconomics I really have no idea, as of right now, I don't know much of anything about Macroeconomics...at ALL. So I'm somehow going to try to read through a workbook or watch some videos.</p>

<p>That leaves me with very little time for World History AP Exam studying. To be precise, this exam is about 5 days after all of the above....so I have around 5 days to study for it. Currently, I'm taking Pre-ap World History which has given me some quite in depth background info. Yet, I don't feel sure at all. I looked at, especially the essays...it had a prompt like 'compare Han Dynasty and Imperial Rome economies" or something like that. Just saying, I probably wouldn't even be able to come up with one single comparison or contrast- AT ALL. </p>

<p>So in a sense, yes I am very unprepared.</p>

<p>So all you survivors please help me out. In 5 days is it possible to read Princeton Review- about 400 pages lol... :( It took me two or more weeks to just read AP Psychology Princeton review which is 200 pages so......</p>

<p>or maybe I can just skim through it?? </p>

<p>Someone help me out here...what can I do in just five days time to prepare me- is there some miraculous review guide out there? Survivors, what did you do?</p>

<p>Are these 5 days school vacation days? Because I’ve self studied world in 4 vacation days from Barron’s, albeit I was on April vacation so I had lots of time. I’m getting 5’ range scores in practice multiple choice sections now.</p>

<p>Also for the essays, they shouldn’t be hard if you know a lot of specifics. I’m not as sure for WH, but in APUSH my teacher showed the class essays that got 7s and 8s and they were pretty bad. They just had a lot of specific info in them.</p>

<p>I received a 5 on the AP World Exam - and it resulted from two primary causes;

  1. God’s good graces
  2. Kaplan AP World Review book</p>

<p>Since I’m not here to preach the gospel - I might as well preach Kaplan. How I prepared for the AP World exam was grounded entirely in review materials - not my own notes or even my course’s textbook. I went out and bought the Kaplan prep book (I’m sure other prep books would suffice - I’m just giving you the specific text that I used) - and I went through it, sectioning off each chapter where I felt I was unfamiliar with the material. For instance, I’d ignore Rome and Greece, since I felt comfortable in my ability to recall information from that period, but I’d mark off Islam in sub-Saharan Africa since my recollection of it was shaky - then everyday, I’d sit down for an hour or two and read through those sections that I designated as “unsure” or “completely lost.” With a red pen I’d write in the columns of the chapter different connections I was able to make; even very small, random ones - for instance, since I knew quite a bit about European feudalism, I’d draw miniature diagrams comparing European and Japanese feudalism while reading the Japanese Feudalism section. </p>

<p>Afterwards, I read the end of the chapter summary for ALL of the chapters - even the ones I was already very familiar with. </p>

<p>I did no other preparation other than that on my own - as for the preparation provided by my AP World teacher, we did timed essays based on prompts from previous years’ exams and he’d score them according to the College Board FRQ rubrics - I kind of plateaued so to speak at about a 6/9, which I was fine with - since a 6 would’ve put me at a qualifying score regardless. We also took a few practice MC tests where we were also timed. </p>

Last year, a big issue with the AP World exam MC was time - there were tons of readings (one to three paragraphs) with corresponding multiple choice questions, and many students (as reported by College Board’s AP program) complained that they had run out of time. Kids in my own class told me that they left an upwards of 25 questions blank or randomly bubbled because they couldn’t get to them in time. Make sure that you work on your ability to read effectively, critically, and efficiently. </p>

<p>Btw there’s a really good advice thread on pretty much this exact situation on cc. Just google “how to self study ap world”. It helped me a lot.</p>

<p>preamble1776 Thank you so much!! I think I might go with PR though because it’s at my public library so I won’t have to order Kaplan and wait for it to be shipped (though I wish I could now). The thing is, I’m scared about the essays because I’m in pre-ap world history so my teacher isn’t actually focusing on the AP exam- we’ve never done any multiple choice or practice essays or even talked of the AP exam. So, maybe I’ll read some free response samples on collegeboard on my own time. Thank you so much! :)</p>

<p>LC2012 No, they’re school days and maybe a weekend, not sure. And hopefully it’ll be a topic I know, such as the Enlightment…or something that I know at least existed lol </p>

<p>@rasofia‌ - If it is any consolation, my friend did not take AP World History and was actually enrolled in an entirely separate history course that had very few parallels to WHAP and read a prep book (I believe it was PR) cover to cover a week before the exam and managed a 5. Another student a couple of years ago who took AP World only showed up to class 4 times but pulled off a 5 from prep books. :)</p>

<p>I went through so many flashcards and kept looking for things to study from online. I flipped through the textbook a lot too.</p>

<p>My sister and I’s classes of AP World both had only 2 people pass. I heard it’s one of the hardest AP exams, at least that’s what my teachers and advisors say. But good luck to you! :P</p>

<p>I think it is difficult to self study the AP world free response questions, because the rubrics are so particular. You should definitely read through some of the official samples on the AP Central website.</p>

<p>However, if you go to the AP Pass website (which calculates your potential score), you can see that being good at multiple choice can really make up for the wonky essay rubrics. For example, if you get 65 out of 70 multiple choice correct, you can get 3 out of 9 on each of your three essay questions, and still get a 5. So if multiple choice is a strength for you, you might want to focus there. The essays are notoriously hard to crack without a teacher who has been an AP reader guiding you. </p>

<p>SpaceElfMom, that made me feel way better!! Even though my chances of getting 65 correct out of 70 are…not so high haha. But still, that put my hopes up. Thanks for the info! :)</p>

<p>I’m using the Princeton Review book to study, because I have to take the test next month too. My teacher did say that one of the guaranteed questions you’ll get as long as you practice is the DBQ, because you don’t need any previous knowledge on the subject since they provide the documents. Other than that, I’m going to be skimming through my old chapter breakdowns of the book, and looking into the topics that I’m iffy on.</p>

<p>@SpaceElfMom Thank you so much for that website!! It’s really helpful, despite the different curves. Hopefully there will be a big curve :wink: It put my hopes up too haha @rasofia Good luck!! Let’s pass this thing :)</p>

<p>I didn’t study for the APWH exam at all. The most important thing is memorizing the different time periods and the major themes. I just took the exam two days ago and I personally felt that it was an easy, fair test even without studying. My advice to you is just memorize the major dates and themes like I said. The questions are general so you won’t need to memorize specific details.</p>