79. Know Your Enemy...

79 Days. 1,896 Hours.  113, 760 Minutes. 

Let's start off by getting to the beast you will be fighting in 79 days.  The AP World History test begins at 8:00 am on May 12 (Thursday). Plan on getting to school by at least 7:30.  If you're late... you're late. You will not be allowed to take the test and, no; you will not get your money back.

The test itself will divide up like this:


Here are three generic tips I have for taking this test:

 1. Never underestimate the AP Test. Expect the unexpected...
It's gonna be early. For many of you (sadly), this will be the earliest you've been up all year. So, once you've completed the College Board's PRECIOUS paperwork, it will be you and the multiple choice section. Don’t just show up with a #2 pencil and expect everything to work out. It won’t. This is not some rando test you're taking. You’ll have to be on your toes pretty early in the morning. The first section will be a wake up call. Don’t expect to just breeze through the multiple choice section. There will be multiple images, cartoons, readings, and quotes. You've been working on this stuff all year. Now is your chance to prove it. Remember, they can ask you anything that's ever happened ever.

2. Pace yourself...
70 Questions... 55 minutes. That's roughly 1.272727272727272727272727272727272 questions per minute. Clock Management will become your greatest asset. The multiple choice section is where you will run into time issues. (Very few people run out of time on the essay portion) You want to have at least a shot at all 70 questions. So, DO NOT GET STUCK ON A SINGLE QUESTION. If you find yourself lingering for more than a minute or two… skip it. You want to at least have a shot at each question. You don’t want to get bogged down on a question on Zoroastrianism for 20 minutes and end up not answering the last 10 questions. What if the last 10 questions were ones you knew? So, rule #2: Pace yourself.

3. Rank the Essays
After the break, you will be given the essay booklet. Inside this booklet are all three essays (the DBQ, the Compare-Contrast, and the Continuity and Change.) They’re gonna give you 10 minutes to read the DBQ documents and the other three questions. During this 10-minute span, you need to rank the three essays in order of your ability to answer them. Rule # 3: Rank the Essays. If the Compare/Contrast essay looks like its written in Klingon, save it for last. If the Continuity and Change Over Time is asking you about a place you’ve never heard of… save it for last. If the Worst Case scenario arises and you have never heard of anything these essays are talking about, then go with the DBQ. The DBQ is a measure of your historian abilities, not your historical knowledge. Once you’ve given the essays an order, get started. Most people finish the essay portion with plenty of time; so don’t worry.


Posted on February 23, 2016 .