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AP* U.S. History

Buffalo solders: Not at all what you expected them to be.


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

In this guide, you'll find the skills and themes that will help you ace the exam on the first try—and not, like history, repeat it over, and over, and over, and over…

And over, and over, and over…

What's Inside Shmoop's Online AP U.S. History Test Prep

Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who love to teach. Our Test Prep resources will help you prepare for exams with fun, engaging, and relatable materials that bring the test to life.

In Shmoop's AP U.S. History guide, you'll find

  • a diagnostic exam to figure out where you're struggling before you even begin.
  • two full-length practice exams that mimic the look and feel of the exam.
  • answer explanations to figure out where you went wrong…or right.
  • loads of practice drills.
  • review of the nine different periods of American history, four historical thinking skills, and seven themes.
  • test-taking tips and strategies.


Master the AP U.S. History exam with clearly hilarious and incredibly comprehensive tips, strategies, and review material. We'll give you the lowdown on the shiny new test, including what's in those nine different periods of American history, four historical thinking skills, seven themes, and a partridge in a pear tree. Okay, maybe not that last one, but we thought about including a partridge. That's how much we care.


The AP U.S. History exam is the bald eagle of U.S. history exams. It has a huge wingspan, covers a broad swath of the Earth, and happens to be majestic as all get out. It also features a lot of extremely important thematic learning objectives applied to primary and secondary sources, but we're not sure exactly how that fits into a bird metaphor. In other words, we have full-length practice exams that align to the College Board's newest vision of AP U.S. History. We made that eagle just for you.


As everyone knows, practice makes perfect. We're not completely sure if that's a causative relationship or a correlative relationship, but we have enough practice drills to help us find out. (Then, we'll head over to AP Stats.) Our guide to the exam features hundreds of practice problems, all of which look like the ones that will appear on the actual. In fact, we might even have too many drills. You could probably give some out as favors at your next birthday party and still get that 5.


The AP U.S. History Exam covers a lot of material, mostly because a lot has happened in America's relatively short history. Our diagnostic exam can help you pinpoint where you are on the study spectrum—and where you need to be. Who knows? You could be pleasantly surprised to find that you're not an "Oh no, I need to be studying during every waking moment until test day," but an "Oh hey, I already know most of this stuff." Our goal is to get you to "Pssh, piece of cake" in no time.

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