THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY EXAM

Basic Exam Format Date: May 7, 2010 Total Time: 185 Minutes (3 Hours, 5 Minutes) Part I: Multiple Choice: 80 Questions, 55 Minutes [50%]
A. Questions gradually become harder from start to finish B. Questions are NOT in chronological order. C. There is a guessing penalty for incorrectly answered questions. Part II: Free Response Essays: Three Questions, 130 Minutes (2 Hours, 10 Minutes) [50%] A. Document Based Essay Question 1. 15 minute reading/planning period 2. 45 minutes to write 3. Value: 45% of 50% allotted for essays. B. Free Response (Thematic) Essays 1. Write one essay of two choices provided. Topic will be pre-1865. 2. Write one essay of two choices provided. Topic will be post-1865 3. 5 minutes to plan and 30 minutes to write each essay. 4. Value: Each essays is 27.5% of 50% allotted for essays.

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Exam Breakdown by Area 35% Political History 35% Social History 15% Diplomatic History 10% Economic History 5% Cultural and Intellectual History

Multiple Choice Breakdown by Period 20% 1492-1789 45% 1790-1914 35% 1915-present *No essay will deal exclusively with the period after 1980.

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