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EXCELLING ON THE AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Featuring a thorough, course-focused review and two full-length practice tests, this book provides an accurate and complete representation of the Advanced Placement Examination in World History. Our practice tests are based on the format of the most recently administered AP World History exam Each model exam lasts three hours (including a 10-minute reading period) and includes every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the real test. Following each of our practice tests is an answer key, complete with detailed explanations designed to clarify the material for you. By using the course review, completing both practice tests, and studying the explanations that follow, you will pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and, above all, put yourself in the best possible position to do well on the actual test.
ABOUT THE EXAM
The AP World History exam is offered each May at participating schools and multi-school centers throughout the world. The Advanced Placement Program is designed to allow high school students to pursue college-level studies while attending high school. The participating colleges, in turn, grant credit and/or advanced placement to students who do well on the examinations.
The AP World History course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory World History course, often taken by History majors in their first year of college.
AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM FORMAT AND CONTENT
The AP World History exam is approximately three hours and five minutes long. Each section of the exam is completed separately and each counts for half of the student’s score.
The exam is divided into two sections:
The multiple-choice section of the exam is designed to measure the student’s knowledge of World History from the Foundations period (8000 BCE to 600 CE) to the present The approximate breakdown of topics is as follows:
Chronological period Approximate percentage
600 CE1450 22%
1914the present 1920%
The section contains 70 questions to be answered in 55 minutes. Each question has five possible answer choices Each correct answer is worth one point, and 1/4 point is deducted for each incorrect answer.
This part of the exam is devoted to writing three essays in the allotted 130 minutes. The first question will be a document-based question, the second question will ask the test-taker to write a change-over-time essay, and the third question requires the writing of a comparative essay. All three questions are required to be answered and are weighted equally.
For more information about what to include on the essays, how to manage the time allotted, and how they are scored, please see the AP World History outline provided by the College Board at: www.collegeboard.com
You may find the AP World History Exam considerably more difficult than many classroom exams. In order to measure the full range of your ability in World History, the AP exams are designed to produce average scores of approximately 50% of the maximum possible score for the multiple-choice and essay sections. Therefore, you should not expect to attain a perfect or even near-perfect score.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
What do I study first?
Read over the course review and the suggestions for test taking. Next, take the first practice test to pinpoint your area(s) of weakness, and then go back and focus your study on those specific problems. Studying the reviews thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you will need to do well on the exam. Make sure to take the two practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual exam.
To best utilize your study time, follow our Independent Study Schedule, which you will find in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a six-week program, but if necessary it can be condensed to three weeks by combining each two-week program into one week.
When should I start studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the AP World History Exam The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with it.
ABOUT OUR REVIEW SECTION
This book contains an extensive AP World History Course Review that can be used as both a primer and a quick reference as you assess your performance on REA’s practice exams. Our course review is designed to complement your AP World History textbook and enhance your classroom discussions. By studying our review along with your text, you will be well prepared for the exam.
STUDYING FOR YOUR EXAM
It is very important for you to choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some students may set aside a certain number of hours every morning, while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other students may study during the day, while waiting in line, or even while eating lunch. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it.
When you take the practice tests, create an environment as much like the actual testing environment as possible. Turn your television and radio off, and sit down at a quiet table free from distraction. Make sure to time yourself, breaking the test down by section.
As you complete each practice test, score your test and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation, and by studying our review until you are confident that you completely understand the material.
Keep track of your scores and mark them on the Scoring Worksheet. By doing so, you will be able to gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. You should carefully study the reviews that cover areas with which you have difficulty, as this will build your skills in those areas.
Although you may not be familiar with standardized tests such as the AP World History exam, there are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and help alleviate any test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the AP exams, some of which may be applied to other standardized tests as well.
Become comfortable with the format of the exam. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test a couple of times, you will boost your chances of doing well and you will be able to sit down for the actual exam with more confidence.
Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.
Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as possible. By eliminating just two answer choices, you give yourself a better chance of getting the item correct, since there will only be three choices left from which to make your guess.
Work quickly and steadily. You will have only 55 minutes to work on 70 questions in the multiple-choice section, so work quickly and steadily to avoid focusing on any one question too long. Taking the practice tests in this book will help you learn to budget your time.
Beware of test vocabulary. For example, words like generally, usually, sometimes, seldom, rarely, and often indicate there may be exceptions to your answer.
Learn the directions and format for each section of the test. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the exam will save you valuable time on the day of the actual test.
THE DAY OF THE EXAM
Before the exam
On the day of the test, you should wake up early (preferably after a good night’s rest) and have a good breakfast. Make sure to dress comfortably, so that you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Also plan to arrive at the test center early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test, and will also spare you the anxiety that comes
with being late.
Before you leave for the test center, make sure that you have your admission form, social security number, and another form of identification, which must contain a recent photograph, your name, and signature (ie, driver’s license, student identification card, or current alien registration card). You will not be allowed to take the test if you do not have proper identification. You will also need to bring your school code. Also, bring several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers for the multiple-choice questions and black or blue pens for the free-response questions.
You may wear a watch, but only one without a beep or alarm. No dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks, compasses, correction fluid, highlighters, rulers, computers, cell phones, beepers, PDAs, scratch paper, listening and recording devices, briefcases, or packages will be permitted, and drinking, smoking, and eating are prohibited while taking the test.
During the exam
Once you enter the test center, follow all of the rules and instructions given by the test supervisor. If you do not, you risk being dismissed from the test and having your scores canceled.
After the exam
You may immediately register when taking the exam to have your score sent to the college of your choice You may also wait and later request to have your AP score reported to the college of your choice.
CONTACTING THE AP PROGRAM
For registration bulletins or more information about the AP World History exam, contact:
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427