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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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.
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.
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.
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Colonial North America: 1690-1754
American Revolution: 1754-1789
Early Republic: 1789-1815
Politics, Society, Religion, and Reform in Antebellum America
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!