AP U.S. History

If you’re looking for AP U.S. History practice tests, then you’ve come to the right place! We have a huge directory of the highest quality free online resources for your AP U.S. History review. Our focus is identifying the best APUSH practice exams available, and providing links with descriptions. We also have AP U.S History notes, quizzes, outlines, dbq questions, and study guides.

AP U.S. History Practice Tests

Official Practice Test.  This is the official AP U.S. History practice test, updated for 2015. Includes 55 multiple choice practice questions along with 4 short answer questions, 1 DBQ, and 2 long essay questions. Start your test prep with this one!

American History AP Quizzes.  This amazing site has over 100 AP U.S. History quizzes with over 1200 total questions. Choose the quiz you want by topic.

American History Online Learning Center.  Chapter tests for Brinkley’s American History: A Survey (13th Edition). A multiple-choice test and a true-false quiz for each of the 32 chapters. These are great interactive quizzes for test prep. Simply select a chapter from the menu to get started.

Released Exam – 1996.  This is the actual AP U.S. History Exam from 1996. Includes answer key, sample student responses, and statistical information.

Practice Exam 1 and Exam 2.  Published by W.H. Freeman, these complete AP U.S. History practice tests include 80 multiple choice questions along with the essays and DBQ’s. Answers and explanations are here: Exam 1 Answers and Exam 2 Answers.

ACE Practice Test.  Official ACE practice tests for each chapter of The America Pageant. There is a free true/false quiz for each of the 42 chapters in the book.

AP U.S. History Practice Test.  There are some challenging questions on this interactive practice quiz from High School Test Prep.

APUSH Review Flashcards and Key Terms and Entire Course Vocabulary.  Each of these 3 sets of AP U.S. History flash cards from Quizlet has about 600 terms to review.

McGraw-Hill Test.  An excellent 25 question test based on 5 Steps to a 5.

AP U.S. History Outlines

WikiNotes American Pageant.  This site has very thorough AP U.S. History outlines for The American Pageant textbooks.

Susanna’s Giant AHAP Review.  Famous review outline developed by a Horace Greely high school student in 2004. This is a very detailed 76 page review of all the key points covered in the course.

Study Guide Notes.  Outline of each chapter of the American Pageant (13th Edition) text.

Outline for Brinkley’s American History.  AP U.S. History notes and outlines for the textbook American History: A Survey by Alan Brinkley.

AP U.S History Notes

AP Class Notes.  A huge set of APUSH notes from AP Class Notes. Lots of detailed information here. Full PDF available also.

US History Notecards.  Over 1,600 note cards organized chronologically. Formatted for easy printing, this is an awesome study tool.

Samantha’s Notes.  A nice set of AP U.S. History notes that goes from Colonial Times to Reconstruction.

AP U.S. History Exam Prep

Cram Packet.  The official AP U.S. History Cram Packet by Renata Melamud is absolutely amazing! A total of 19 pages jammed with ever key fact that you need to know. These AP U.S. History notes are perfect for that last minute review.

Final Exam Review Videos.  Two great review videos from Adam Norris that are updated for the new curriculum. At 40 minutes each, they are definitely worth watching.

Mr. Reed’s Study Guides.  A huge collection of AP U.S. History notes, summaries, study guides, and fact sheets.

AP U.S. History Test Review. Another great review packet.

AP U.S. History DBQ & Free Response

2015 Free Response.  These are the actual free response questions from 2015, the first year of the revised exam.

Prior Year Questions. (These do not reflect the new curriculum)  Here you will find the actual AP U.S. History free response questions that appeared on the AP Test from 1999 to 2014.The scoring guidelines are also provided.

Strategy Guide.  This 23-page guide has great tips and strategies for answering the multiple choice, DBQ, and free-response questions.

Thesis Statement and Golden Rules.  A 4-page guide to writing historical essays. Excellent guidelines for your thesis statement along with 20 more tips and key terms.

APUSH Thesis Statements and US History Writing.  Two more great guides for writing your essay questions and your AP U.S. History DBQ. Be sure to check out the Ten Commandments of Good Historical Writing.

Essay Tips.  This 20 page writing guide is packed with tips for writing your AP U.S. History free response essays.

Highest-Rated AP U.S. History Study Guides on Amazon:

Kaplan AP U.S. History 2015: Book + Online + DVD. This new AP U.S. History study guide from Kaplan is a great choice. Includes an extremely thorough content review along with 5 practice tests. Over 1,500 practice questions in all.

Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2015 Edition. This AP U.S. History study guide from Princeton Review is has also been updated for the 2015 exam. It includes practice drills for every content review for every content review chapter and an in-depth review of key terms and concepts. The section on the FRQ and DBQ are especially helpful. Also includes 2 full-length practice exams with detailed explanations.

U.S. History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (2015 Exam) This is one more high quality APUSH study guide that has been updated for the 2015 exam. The prior version always had the top ratings and best reviews from Amazon.

About the Exam

This AP test covers American history from 1491 to the present. It is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college course.

The AP United States History Exam format is:

Section 1
Part A (55 minutes, 40% of grade)
55 Multiple-choice questions

Part B (50 minutes, 20% of grade)
4 Short-answer questions

Section 2
Part A (55 minutes, 25% of grade)
1 Document-based question

Part B (35 minutes, 15% of grade)
1 Long essay question (chosen from 2 options)

The multiple choice questions will be in sets which contain between 2 and 5 questions. Each of the sets will include stimulus material consisting of a primary or secondary source. This might include a chart, graph, text, map, or image. To answer the questions you will need to use the stimulus material along with your historical knowledge.

The short answer questions will present source material as well. This may include a historian’s argument, a primary source, data, or maps. You will need to provide and analyze examples of historical evidence that are relevant to this source material.

The document based question requires you to formulate a thesis and support it with evidence. A wide variety of documents are provided. You will need to analyze and synthesize this historical data.

With the long essay question you will also need to develop a thesis or argument, which you support with specific historical evidence. There will be two questions, and you get to pick the one that you would like to answer.

When is the AP U.S. History Exam?

The AP U.S. History Exam date for the 2015/2016 school year is Friday, May 6th 2016 at 8 a.m. The APUSH test is only offered once per year.