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

Learnerator Practice.  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.

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.

McGraw Hill Test.  This 25 question multiple choice quiz from McGraw Hill is based on their “5 Steps to a 5″ review book. There are some real good World History review questions here.

Education.com Test 1 and Test 2.  Two complete practice exams with 70 AP World History multiple choice questions, a DBQ, a continuity and change over time question, and a comparative essay. Answers along with detailed explanations.

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 multiple choice quizzes 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. Great for your final exam review.

APWH Unit Notes.  An older set of notes from History Haven.

Notes in World History.  This massive collection of APWH notes is a great resource.

Student’s Friend.  A concise narrative of world history and geography.

AP World History Outlines

Stearns Chapter Notes.  Mr. Burnett’s World History site has all the chapter outlines for the World Civilizations textbook.

AP World History DBQ

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.

College Board Prior Year Questions.  All the AP World History free response and document based questions from 2012 to 2014. Includes questions, scoring guidelines, sample responses, and score distributions. Earlier years are here.

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 1,535 terms!

AP World flashcards.  Another great set of flashcards to review. This one has 525 cards.

Highest-Rated AP World History Study Guides from Amazon

Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2014 Edition. This Princeton Review guide is fantastic. A comprehensive review of all topics along with timelines, summaries, and key terms. Also includes strategies for your free response and DBQ along with 2 full-length practice exams. A perfect 5-star rating at Amazon with tons of great reviews.

AP World History Crash Course. Another great option is this study guide from REA. Very informative with highly focused outlines, helpful test-taking tips, and a free online practice test.

Barron’s AP World History Flash Cards. These flashcards from Barron’s are a very good study tool.  Includes 400 cards divided into 6 major historical eras.

About the Exam


The AP World course is extremely broad, covering the time beginning at 800 BCE through the present. While this may seem very daunting, the exam is structured around 5 course themes and 19 key concepts within 6 chronological periods. By focusing on these specific concepts, the topic is much more manageable. The 5 themes are:

1.) Environment: Interaction between humans and their environment.
2.) Cultures: Development and interaction.
3.) States: Building, expansion, and conflict.
4.) Economic systems: Creation, expansion, and interaction.
5.) Social Structures: Development and transformation.

For further information about the themes, key concepts, and chronological periods, be sure to check out the College Board’s AP World History Course and Exam Description.

The AP World History Exam format is:
70 Multiple-choice questions (55 minutes)
1 Document-based question (50 minutes)
1 Continuity and change-over-time essay (40 minutes)
1 Comparative essay (40 minutes)

The multiple-choice questions account for half of your grade and the 3 free-response questions account for the other half.

When is the AP World History Exam?

The AP World History Exam for the 2014/2015 school year will be held on Thursday, May 14th 2015 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.