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.
Official 2017 Practice Test. An official practice test from the College Board. Includes 2017 multiple choice and free response. Definitely review these questions!
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.
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.
Khan Academy. Khan Academy offers over 200 videos reviewing every major area and time period tested on the AP World History exam.
AP World History DBQ, Essay, & Short Answer Questions
Official Practice Questions. The 2017 practice test includes a full set of free response questions.
Prior Year Questions. The College Board has posted the actual questions from 2017 along with scoring guidelines and sample responses.
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.
Write Super DBQs. An excellent video from Mr. Geoffrion that shows exactly how succeed with the DBQ.
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 1,748 terms!
AP World History Review. Another great set of flashcards to review. This one has 1,004 cards.
Varsity Tutors. Another enormous set of free AP World History flashcards. 1,759 total!
Highest-Rated AP World History Study Guides from Amazon
Barron’s AP World History, 7th Edition. This review book from Barron’s is a 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 3 full-length practice tests.
AP World History Crash Course. Like all of the Crash Course books, this AP World History is great for the last minute exam cram. Focuses very narrowly on the most important topics from the course. Also includes vocabulary terms, exam strategies, and access to an online practice test.
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:
Part A (55 minutes, 40% of grade)
55 Multiple-choice questions
Part B (50 minutes, 20% of grade)
4 Short-answer questions
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 2017/2018 school year will be held on Thursday, May 17th 2018 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.