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College Board Ap Us History Example Essays

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.

School and district administrators: Considering AP U.S. History for your school or district? Download the course framework (pdf/1.12MB) for an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (pdf/1.4MB).

You can use the resources below to help you prepare for the exam.

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Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice, short-answer, and free-response questions free-response questions in this full AP U.S. History Practice Exam (.pdf/1.3MB).

Sample Responses

Student responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.

Short-Answer Response Booklets

Review the information about the short-answer response booklets before exam day so that you understand where to write your answers and the amount of space provided for each response. The watermarks on the pages for Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, as well as the instruction at the top of each page, indicate which question you should be answering on each page of the booklet. You’ll need to write your answers on the correct page in the booklet on exam day.

Exam Practice Tips

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Study Skills

Use our Reading and Writing Study Skills as you prepare for the exam.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

2015

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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The exam resources below reflect the content, scope, and design specifications of the redesigned AP U.S. History Exam, which was first administered in May 2015. The exams from 2014 and before do not reflect the redesigned exam. These resources are provided to help you become familiar with the kinds of topics and questions that have been asked on previous years’ AP Exams. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to sign-up.

2017

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2016

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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