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AP U.S. History Exam Changes for 2020 We’ve all heard the saying that those who
don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. But you’ve smartly saved yourself from that
fate by taking AP U.S. History. Bravo! Of course, you’re not fully out of the woods
yet. You still need to prove your knowledge of
history by sitting for the AP exam (and getting a great score)…and that’s probably why
you decided to watch this video. Here’s the deal: the AP U.S. History exam
clocks in at 3 hours and 15 minutes. Is it long? Well, yeah. It’s roughly an hour and fifteen minutes
longer than the fastest marathon time. What else could you accomplish in about three
hours? You could roast a 15-pound turkey. Assemble something from IKEA (MAYBE) Watch Gone With the Wind or The Godfather But honestly, none of those things sound as
satisfying as earning possible college credits. (We’re nerds, we know — but if you’re
watching this, you might be one too.) Plus, by now, you’re an old pro at endurance-testing
exams, so you can handle a measly three hours. Now, the AP U.S. History exam is changing
with the May 2020 administration. We’ll get to exactly how. But first, here’s what you need to know. The test is broken down into two parts, with
each containing two sub-sections. Wondering why the College Board didn’t just
divide them into four separate sections? Now there’s a mystery on par with why First
Lady Dolley Madison had a preference for oyster ice cream. Anyway, the first sub-section, Section 1A
if you will, is multiple choice. You’ll have 55 minutes to answer — coincidentally
— 55 questions. These questions are grouped together in sets
of 3–4, and each set is based on one or more historical texts, evidence, and interpretations. These will include both primary and secondary
sources (fancy!), maps, graphs, and other assorted images. All in all, the multiple choice will account
for 40% of your overall score. That’s nearly half! So you’ll want to prep, like nearly half
of your potential future 2 semesters of college credits depend on it. Luckily, with 55 multiple-choice questions,
you’ll have a lot of opportunities to rack up points. Now we’ll move along to Section 1B…since
that’s the next section. It’s also the section that was updated for
the 2020 exam to be more closely aligned with the skills taught in the AP U.S. History course. Here you’ll have 40 minutes to tackle 3
short-answer questions. This will account for 20% of your overall
score. Once again, you’ll be asked to analyze historical
sources (including texts, images, maps, etc.), interpretations and propositions. The first question will focus on historical
events or developments that occurred between 1754 and 1980. Thanks for making that super narrow, College
Board! It will also include 1 to 2 secondary sources. The second question also touches upon a historical
development between 1754 and 1980 — that same trusty timespan. So how does this question differ from the
first? Well, question 2 will provide one primary
source. Of course, the fun really gets kicked into
high gear with the third question. That’s because you’re allowed to choose
between two question options. The first one will be centered around some
historical process that occurred between 1491 and 1877. The second one will pertain to an event between
the years 1864 and 2001. Neither question asks you to consult sources. And now, my friends, we have arrived at the
second section of the exam. More precisely: Section 2A. This will consist of a single, document-based
question. You’ll have an hour (which includes a 15-minute
reading period), and your response will make up 25% of your score. This question provides seven different documents
that offer a range of perspectives on a particular historical event. These can be a combination of written, visual,
and quantitative materials. After taking time to analyze these, you’ll
be asked to develop an argument that’s supported by the documents supplied. The potential topic(s) will be focused on
the time period from 1754–1980. By now you should be expecting that! All right, we’ve made it…to the last section. In other words: the illustrious Section 2B
— the long essay. You’ll be given 40 minutes to craft your
response. This final section accounts for 15% of your
score. Naturally, you will have to analyze and explain
an important issue within U.S. history. And you’ll be required to construct a strong
argument that’s bolstered by historical evidence. As a final gift — you’ll have the opportunity
to choose from three potential questions. The first will be focused on a historical
development that occurred between 1491–1800, the second from 1800–1898, and the third
from 1890–2001. No matter which question you choose, you must
demonstrate a sound reasoning process. This means tackling the four “Cs” — comparison,
causation, continuity, and change. If you clearly address these factors in your
response, you’ll be awarded all of the possible points. (And in case you’re wondering: There are
6 of those.) It sounds like a lot — but it’s nothing
you can’t handle in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Grab a copy of one of our new, updated-for-2020
AP U.S. History guidebooks. You will love it! Our Premium Edition features 5 full-length
practice tests. And our standard edition has 2 full-length
practice tests. Whatever you choose, you’ll get a comprehensive
content review and a slew of practice tests. And when May rolls around, you’ll be ready
to earn that 5, and those potential two semesters’ worth of credit. And, of course, our enduring admiration and
respect. Thanks so much for watching! Subscribe to our channel for all the latest
updates about AP exams — and everything else in your test-prep college-bound beautiful
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2 thoughts on “AP® U.S. History: Changes for 2020 | The Princeton Review”

  1. The Princeton Review says:

    Are you taking AP exams this May? Subscribe to our channel to get the latest updates on what's changing in AP-land.

  2. Tommy Truong says:

    Who else is gonna fail?

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