About AP World History Exam

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

Section I: Multiple Choice-70 Questions; 55 Minutes

The desired course will focus on the time period and portion of questions given below:

  • Technological and Environmental Transformations to c. 600 BCE (5%)
  • Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies c. 600 BCE to c. 600 CE (15%)
  • Regional and Transregional Interactions c. 600 CE to c. 1450 (20%)
  • Global Interactions c. 1450 to c. 1750 (20%)
  • Industrialization and Global Integration c. 1750 to c. 1900 (20%)
  • Accelerate Global Change and Realignments c. 1900 to Present (20%)

Total scores of the MCQ section will be based on the no. Of correct answers. Points are neither deducted for incorrect answers nor points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response-3 Questions; 2 Hours with a Compulsory 10 Minute Reading Period

Part A: 1 Document Based Question (DBQ); 40 minutes: The section will aims to test your skills and ability to analyse source materials and write an essay that combines or links your analysis of 4 to 10 given documents of a topic. The topics that are comparative, based on the major themes will be the focus of DBQs, that also includes comparative question on various societies in situations of mutual contact.

Part B: Continuity and Change-Over-Time Essay; 40 minutes: The following question focuses on the global issues such as technology, trade, culture, migrations, or biological developments. And covers atleast one period in the following course outline and more than one cultural areas.

Part C: Comparative Essay; 40 minutes: The question will focuses on developments in two or more societies and their communication with each other or with major themes or events like culture, trade, religion, technology, migrations.