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The Founding Fathers might have put their pens (quills) to paper (the Declaration of Independence) in 1776, but AP US History goes all the way back to the days when "Christopher Columbus" was nothing but a catchy name.

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Why Take AP US History

Test-Taking Tips

Specifically designed for mastering the AP US History exam. Learn why you should focus your studying on the period from 1789 to the 1980s, the importance of reviewing political and socio-cultural history, and what you can do to kick butt at that whole DBQ thing.

Four Full-Length Practice Exams

Practice before the big day with our four full length practice exams. Each exam is 3 hours and 5 minutes long and has two sections: Section I (Multiple Choice) has 80 multiple-choice questions that you'll have 55 minutes to answer. Section II (Essays) is the free-response portion and is made of three parts (Parts A, B, and C) that you'll have 130 minutes to answer (including 15 minutes of reading and planning period). Part A is the famous "DBQ" section—"Document-Based Question." Parts B and C each have a standard essay question—no documents to use, just your own knowledge of the stuff. You'll have 70 minutes to answer both. Good news is, you have a choice (hurrah, democracy.) between 4 options.

Practice Drills

Develop your mad history skills with drills in every topic. We want you to practice your AP US History until you are dreaming in red, white, and blue.

Extreme Topic Review

From Pre-Columbian Societies to 20th Century Politics, our AP US History prep is better than everyone else's. Not only are we insanely hilarious, witty, cheeky and charming, we also happen to have a Secret Stash of knowledge about the AP. These are some private tips from your friends at Shmoop who, before they were teachers who write these exams, were once students who took them.

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  • Pre-Columbian Societies

  • Transatlantic Encounters

  • Colonial North America: 1690-1754

  • American Revolution: 1754-1789

  • Early Republic: 1789-1815

  • Politics, Society, Religion, and Reform in Antebellum America

  • Manifest Destiny

  • Crisis of the Union and Civil War

  • Reconstruction and The Gilded Age

  • Industrial America, Urban Society, Western Development and Imperialism in 19th Century

  • Populism and Progressive Era

  • The 1920s, Great Depression & New Deal

  • World War II

  • 1950s and 1960s

  • The Cold War

  • Politics, Economics, Society, and Culture in 20th Century

  • And a lot more!

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