AP World History

Below is our directory of the best free Internet resources for your AP World History review. If you’re looking for an AP World History practice test, we’ve identified the best practice exams that are freely available online. There are links and descriptions for each of these. We also link to the top AP World History notes, quizzes, outlines, DBQ questions, essays, and study guides.

AP World History Practice Exams

Albert.io World History.  Fully updated for the revised exam. Over 1,000 AP World History practice questions, organized by topic and difficulty level. Most of the content is free, but you can subscribe for full access.

Barron’s Test.  Barron’s has published a full-length online AP World History practice test. Another great resource that is updated for the new curriculum. Includes multiple choice, short answer, DBQ, and essay questions.

Sample Questions.  Another set of practice questions for the revised exam. This packet was published by the College Board when they were developing the new curriculum for the course.

Course Description.  The course description for the updated AP World History course includes 29 practice questions, starting on page 141.

ACE Practice Tests.  Practice testing site for The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History textbook. Approximately 30 questions for each of the 34 textbook chapters.  Excellent interactive exam.

Full Practice Test.  This is a complete AP World History practice test in PDF format. Includes 70 challenging multiple choice questions along with answers and thorough explanations. This has not been updated for the revised exam, but is still a good review.

Global Studies Review Quizzes.  Huge collection of multiple choice quizzes categorized by region and topic. Close to 500 questions in all!

World History Textbook.  Quizzes from World History by Duiker and Spielvogel. Pick a chapter and then click on “Tutorial Quiz.”

More Textbook Resources.  The student center for Traditions & Encounters has AP World History multiple choice questions and chapter outlines.

AP World History Notes

Worldipedia.  A fantastic set of AP World History notes from Mr. Henderson’s History Haven! Grouped together by time period and key concepts from the new AP curriculum.

Cram Packets.  Great summaries of all the key material. These PDF notes are great for your final exam review.

Stearns Chapter Notes.  Mr. Burnett’s World History site has AP World History outlines for the World Civilizations textbook (Microsoft Word format).

Course Videos.  Crash course has published a series of 42 world history videos on YouTube. Covers a lot of the key concepts from this course.

AP World History DBQ, Essay, & Short Answer Questions

Sample Questions.  This packet provides sample questions for revised exam. Includes short answer, DBQ, and essay questions.

Course Description.  The updated course description also has practice questions starting on page 159. The DBQ is the same as the sample question packet, but the short answer and essay questions are new.

How to Nail the DBQ.  This slideshare presentation by Scott Keatley is fantastic. It provides a very strategic way to approach your AP World History DBQ, and gives you tactics to succeed even if you don’t know much about world history.

Document Based Question Tips.  Another great World History slideshare, this one by Kimberly McEachen. Clearly explains with 40 slides many strategies for getting a perfect 9 on your DBQ. Includes some nice examples from actual essays.

Essay Writer’s Handbook.  This free AP World History essay writing guide from McGraw Hill is first rate. Covers the DBQ, the Continuity and Change Over Time essay, and the Comparative essay. Twelve pages with tips, strategies, thesis advice, and much more!

AP World History Flashcards

Ultimate APWH Set.  Unbelievably large set of flash cards. A grand total of 1,635 terms!

AP World History Review.  Another great set of flashcards to review. This one has 1,004 cards.

AP World History Online Course

Educator.com  Check this out if you are looking for a  full AP World History online course. A total of 70 lectures with Professor Ronald Schooler, an AP World History teacher and grader. Practice questions, lecture slides, and the ability to ask questions. They offer 4 free lectures, but you must subscribe to get full access to the online class.

Highest-Rated AP World History Study Guides from Amazon

Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2017 Edition. This Princeton Review guide has always been fantastic, and it has now been updated for the new exam. Includes a comprehensive review of all topics along with timelines, summaries, and key terms. This book also include 5 full-length practice exams (4 in the book and 1 online).

Barron’s AP World History, 7th Edition.  This review book from Barron’s is another great AP World History study guide. It has been fully updated to reflect the new learning objectives and themes published by the College Board. It also includes 2 full-length practice tests.

Barron’s AP World History Flash Cards, 3rd Edition. These flashcards from Barron’s are a very good study tool. Now updated for the new curriculum.

About the Exam

The AP World History course focuses on world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The exam is designed to measure your knowledge of world history and your ability to think historically. Questions are based on historical thinking skills, key concepts of world history, course themes, and learning objectives. The questions on the exam will cover a wide variety of countries, and only 20% will be about Europe. There are four parts to the exam, as shown below:

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 appear in sets, with 2–5 questions per set. Each set includes some type of stimulus material, such as primary sources, secondary sources, pictures, maps, or charts. Some of the questions in the set will require you to analyze this stimulus material. The short answer questions involve the explanation of historical examples.

The document-based question requires the analysis and integration of historical data. You will need to assess the material that is given as historical evidence. For the long essay you are given two questions and you can choose which one to answer. This long essay requires you to explain and evaluate an important issue in world history. In doing so you must develop an argument that is supported by historical evidence.

When is the AP World History Exam?

The AP World History Exam for the 2016/2017 school year will be held on Thursday, May 11th 2017 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.