AP® United States History
Frequently asked questions
What’s happening to AP exams this year?
Since most schools are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, CollegeBoard has announced AP exams will be administered at home. This year’s tests will be free-response only, 45 minutes long, and taken online on any device. CollegeBoard will also accept photographs of written work.
What about multiple choice questions?
There will be no multiple choice questions on the 2020 AP US History exam. We know many students have been anticipating and studying for MCQs, and the switch to free-response questions is daunting. The good news is that you can apply all of that knowledge to the FRQs. We’ll teach you step-by-step methods for tackling the FRQs you’ll see on the exam.
How long is the AP U.S. History exam?
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 the AP U.S. History exam will be a 45-minute at home test. It will include one single modified document-based question (DBQ).
Traditionally, the AP United States History exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. Section I lasts for 1 hour and 35 minutes, and Section II is 100 minutes long.
Is AP U.S. History hard?
AP U.S. History is considered to be one of the more difficult AP exams because of the amount of content that is covered within both the course and the exam.
Are this year's AP exams open book?
Yes. The 2020 AP exams will be completely open book and open note. This may seem surprising, but it ensures a level playing field since tests will be taken at home.
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