Learn about the AP World History Exam
AP World History: Multiple-Choice and Short Answer Questions
The AP World History multiple-choice section consists of 55 questions, each with four answer choices, to be completed in 55 minutes. A primary or secondary document is provided for each question set, which will contain two to five questions. You’ll then have 40 minutes to answer three short-answer questions, each of which will have two to three parts.
What’s tested on the AP World History Exam?
The AP World History exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. Section I is 1 hour and 35 minutes long and consists of 55 multiple-choice questions and 3 short-answer questions. Section II is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and consists of one document-based question (DBQ) and one long essay question (LEQ).
AP World History: Long Essay Questions
The long essay question on the AP World History exam assesses your ability to apply knowledge of history in a complex, analytical manner. In other words, you are expected to treat history and historical questions as a historian would. You must be able to write a strong, clearly developed thesis and supply a substantial amount of relevant evidence to support your thesis.