About AP European History Exam

The exam is of three hours and 5 minutes and contain two sections-multiple choice and free response questions. Each section comprises of 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice-80 questions; 55 minutes

Questions will be based on European history from the High Renaissance to the present world. Questions will covered time period and portion for the same are as follows:

  • 1450 to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era (50%)
  • French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era to the present (50%)

Questions may be required various skills and familiarity with one or more chronological period or theme, for the majority of portion, the course theme and the content of MCQ section are the following:

  • Cultural and intellectual themes (33%)
  • Political and diplomatic themes (33%)
  • Social and economic themes (33%)

The total scores of the MCQ section will be based on correct answers. Points are neither deducted for incorrect answers nor points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response-3 questions; 1 hour and 55 minutes with a compulsory 15 minute reading period

Part A: 1 Document Based Question (DBQ); 45 minutes: The following section aims to test your ability and skills to analyse 10 to 12 documents as well as essay writing based on documents.

Parts B & C: 2 Thematic Essay Questions; 70 minutes: Choice of three questions will be there, in the essay. The thematic questions aimed to assure that you have the knowledge on a range of historical periods and approaches.

As soon as you complete the free response section, focus your attention to the directive words that are being used in the question (e. g. analyse, assess/evaluate, compare) otherwise ignorance of directives will result into lower exam score.

It is the key requirement of some questions, to organize your responses chronologically (e. g. by year, half-centuries, centuries, events, or movements), while many other questions will ask you to make comparisons across centuries. Draw your attention and focus on the time period specified in the question. Hence the final grade will depend on the efficiency of the essays'chronological coverage.

Free response section, Part A will be of 45% and Part B will be of 55% of the total score.