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AP US History: Secrets of the AP Exam Orwhat you need to know to get through the next 32 weeks and pass the exam.

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2 AP US History: Secrets of the AP Exam Orwhat you need to know to get through the next 32 weeks and pass the exam.

3 Reasons to take the AP course and try really hard to pass the exam… Colleges and universities see AP experience as a huge plus. AP experience will give you the reading, writing and thinking skills so important to college success. Passing the AP exam will give you college credit and save you money in the long run.

4 The National Pass Rate Only 53% of students who take the AP exam pass with a score of 3 or better. This is not to scare you, I dont care about numbers, but to show you how much work WE have to do to make sure you ALL are one of the 53%!

5 How is the Exam Structured? Part IMultiple Choice-80 Questions (55 minutes) 50% of the final score Part IIWriting Section – 1 DBQ & 2 Essays (130 minutes:60 & 70) 50% of the final score. Of that, the DBQ counts for 45%( 22.5% overall ) and the 2 essays combined for 55%( 27.5% overall ).

6 How well do I need to do on the multiple choice section? In order to score a 3 (or pass) on this section, you must have 48 points (60%).

7 Multiple ChoiceBREAKDOWN BY ERA

8 BREAK DOWN BY GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER

9 EXPLANATION OF CHARTS A BIAS TOWARD THE CONSTITUTION THROUGH WWI POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES EMPHASIZED LITTLE ABOUT ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRENDS AT MOST FOUR OR FIVE QUESTIONS PAST 1975

10 NO MILITARY HISTORY AND TRIVIAL PURSUIT THE APUSH EXAM DOESNT ASK ABOUT MILITARY HISTORY WHEN IT ASKS ABOUT WAR, THE QUESTIONS CONCERNS THE POLITICAL OR SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF A WAR RATHER THAN THE DETAILS OF WARFARE APUSH QUESTIONS NEVER TEST ROTE MEMORIZATION ONLY. WHILE YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR FACTS TO DO WELL ON THIS TEST, THE QUESTIONS ALWAYS ASK FOR INFORMATION IN THE CONTEXT OF LARGER HISTORICAL TRENDS.

11 What about the DBQ? An essay question that requires you to interpret primary source documents. Documents might include the following: Newspaper articles/editorials Letters/diaries Speeches Legislation Political cartoons Charts and graphs

12 A Different DBQ The US History DBQ is different than the World History DBQ. For the US exam, you have to not only discuss the documents, but also include outside information to prove that you know more about the topic. Without outside information, it is impossible to get more than a 4 out of 9 on your DBQ!

13 What Is the Free-Response Question? Two part essay section Pre – 1870 (one prior to 1740) After – 1870 (one after 1950) Two questions in each group – select one from each group 70 minutes to plan and write both essays

14 What Is the Free-Response Question? Continued Yes and No Multiple arguments All outside information Not as long or in-depth as DBQ Defensible thesis Information to support thesis Evidence, Evidence, Evidence

15 Study, Study, Study! For review and other resources, go to my website:

16 Class Discussion What is difficult about each of the following areas of the course? What can we do as a class to better get through them? 1. Reading and understanding the text 2. Taking effective notes 3. Doing well on multiple choice 4. Doing well on DBQs 5. Doing well on essays

17 Goals for the Year Take 5 minutes to come up with three SPECIFIC goals about what you hope to accomplish in this course. Your goal should not be as big as to pass the exam, but something more specific like take more effective Cornell Notes during discussion, or, be sure I study my notes for at least twenty minutes a night.


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