Learn about the AP U.S. History Exam
What’s tested on the AP U.S. History Exam?
The AP U.S. History exam is a big one—its content measures your knowledge of U.S. history from pre-Columbian societies to the present. However, the AP exam asks you to take what you’ve learned in class one step further and apply that knowledge in complex and analytic situations to show evidence of college-level learning.
How is the AP U.S. History Exam scored?
The AP U.S. History exam, divided into two sections, is three hours and fifteen minutes long. Section I is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and consists of 55 multiple-choice questions and four short-answer questions. Section II is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and consists of one document-based question (DBQ) and one long essay question (LEQ).
AP U.S. History Study Plans
Studying for the AP U.S. History exam can seem daunting because of the sheer volume of material covered in a yearlong course. Whether you have taken the course over a semester or over two years, the exam measures your knowledge and skills in exactly the same way. You can use this guide to assist you in studying throughout the year or closer to your exam.