As a way to earn a few extra college credits while gaining a bit of reliably thorough knowledge on world history, high school students often pick up AP world history as their subject of choice. Anyone who plans to qualify for college credit on this subject needs to pass their AP exam right after the school year is done. What kind of era does the AP world history exam cover? Taking this subject up, you can expect to learn about everything that happened in world history from 6000 BC right down to contemporary history – in every civilization and culture around the world.
To do well in the AP world history exam, what you’ll need to do is to acquaint yourself with the format the exam follows. The test itself allows you 55 minutes to spend on the multiple-choice questions, and another two hours and 10 minutes for three essay type answers. You’ll find a document-based question, a comparative essay and one on change and continuity. You’ll find in-depth information about each one of these on the website of the college board.
The AP world history exam can be a challenging one. You’ll probably need to begin studying in earnest about three months ahead of the exam. History isn’t something that you learn in the week before the exam. It’s just that history happens to be subject matter that’s too dense and too difficult to remember easily. You’ll need to give it time so that you can absorb what you are reading. The best way to study for a history exam would be to take it up chapter by chapter, with at least a full day devoted to each. Whatever study aids you have – notes you took down in class or anything else you’ve thought of, you should probably make use of all of it now. You’ll need to run through your textbook several times, and pay attention to what the most important terms and dates are. A good way to help yourself remember everything that you need in a history lesson would be to draw a timeline for each lesson.
Testing your learning and your retention with some of the sample questions you’ll find at the end of each chapter should help you gauge what you’ve learned. Make sure that you use the testing questions as often as possible. New research into the art of learning finds that testing isn’t just something you do to see if you’ve learned well. It can be a much better learning tool than reading or practicing anything over and over again. You’ll probably find a lot to help you in the information set out on the College Board website. The information provided in the section on Examples of What You Need to Know, for instance, can be thoroughly useful. Going over these sections should help you make sure that you are on the right track. Make sure that you cast a quick glance at the sample answers too. The general wisdom is that on a standard AP world history test, you should spend about five minutes reading and thinking about each essay and 35 minutes writing. Make sure that you take a mock test that’s as close to the real thing as possible a week before the actual test. It’ll help you address any areas that need a little extra attention.