AP® U.S. History
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Frequently asked questions
How long is the AP U.S. History exam?
The AP U.S. 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.
How do I succeed on AP U.S. History?
To choose the best strategy for succeeding on the AP U.S. History exam, first calculate how long you have between now and the test.
If you have at least eight weeks to study:
- Complete a practice exam to figure out which time periods you need to focus on
- Study those time periods using your favorite tools (questions, study guides, flashcards)
- Complete another practice exam to assess your progress, and then review the answers and explanations
- Continue to study the time periods that are your greatest areas of opportunity
- Complete one more practice exam before the test
How the AP U.S. History exam is scored?
The AP U.S. History exam is divided into two sections. Section I counts for 60% of the exam score:
- Section I, Part A: 55 multiple-choice questions, 55 minutes, 40% of total score
- Section I, Part B: 3 short-answer questions, 40 minutes, 20% of total score
What is on the AP U.S. History test?
The AP U.S. History exam includes 9 specific time periods (some of which overlap), and each make up a specific percentage of the exam:
- Period 1: 1491–1607, 5% of exam
- Periods 2-5: 1607–1877, 45% of exam
- Periods 6-8: 1865–1980, 45% of exam
Is there additional practice for the Rapid Review Live class?
The AP U.S.History Rapid Review Live session features content and practice questions drawn from AP U.S. History Prep Plus 2018-2019: 3 Practice Tests + Study Plans + Targeted Review & Practice + Online, available to buy from Barnes & Noble here. You don't need the book for the class.
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