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Friday, May 9, 2014

The most wonderful time of the year {part 4}

Ahh, finally. The last segment of The most wonderful time of the year series. What does this mean?
AP EXAMS ARE ALMOST OVER.

One last time, the rundown of how AP exams work:
AP Exams are comprehensive final exams that can be taken by students who do or do not participate in Advanced Placement courses (yes, you can take the AP exam if you did not take the AP course). These courses are made to give high school students a chance to challenge themselves with college-level curriculum in high school. Should a student score high enough on an AP Exam (the scale is 1 to 5), they may or may not receive college credit and be exempt from college classes depending on the school.

This post will focus on AP Modern European History, often called AP Euro. This year's AP Euro exam will take place on Wednesday, May 14th, at 12:30 PM.

I will be taking this exam this year, and honestly, I'm pretty anxious about it. I'm doing everything in my power to feel prepared, but at the end of the day, these are just tests. 

The exam is as follows:

Multiple Choice
55 minutes, 80 questions. You'll have about an hour to plow through multiple choice questions on art, literature, war, politics, social issues, economic events, and everything in between. The best way to prepare for these is to brush up on your philosophers, artists, politicians, presidents, kings, protectorates, religious issues (BIG ONE), popes, geography, and socioeconomic fluxes. 

Most AP review books have a couple practice tests in the back, so try a few to get used to the format of the questions. They do not go in chronological order. You could have a question on the Cold War and then right after it have one on the Renaissance. 

I found these Quizlets and they were helpful in consolidating major topics!

The Essays
The DBQ - The DBQ's return!!! I think I'm probably super nerdy because I love DBQ's, but oh well. I love them. They have hints, y'all. Just look at it that way. Just like the APUSH exam (previously mentioned here), you'll be given 8-10 documents to read through, analyze, and then synthesize in an essay.

The Free Response Essays - Like APUSH again, you'll have two more essays to write after the DBQ. You'll have group B and group C - one group will be social/political/religious issues, another will be war/battle/leader issues. Be sure to bring an extra pen just in case you run out of ink!

I personally think AP Euro is more difficult than APUSH. Euro focuses on so many countries and over a longer period of time. You have to know pretty much everything that happens from Medieval times until the mid-1990s. Be it that you don't go into as much detail in AP Euro as you do in APUSH, but at least with APUSH, it was all one country, and you knew so much of it already that you could figure it out. AP Euro...well, I'm going to need some prayers for a miracle.


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I'm so sorry. This is the point of delirium I have reached studying for this exam.

xx, Victoria
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