Here is information on the essays that will be on the AP exam and completed in class. This information was taken from the AP website.
In Section II, the free-response section of the exam, Part A begins with a mandatory 10-minute reading period for the document-based question. Students should answer the document-based question in approximately 40 minutes. In Part B students are asked to answer a question that deals with continuity and change over time (covering at least one of the periods in the concept outline). Students will have 40 minutes to answer this question, 5 minutes of which should be spent planning and/or outlining the answer. In Part C students are asked to answer a comparative question that will focus on broad issues or themes in world history and deal with at least two societies. Students will have 40 minutes to answer this question, 5 minutes of which should be spent planning and/or outlining the answer.
In the continuity and change over time and the comparative essays, students will be expected to provide appropriate historical evidence to support their arguments. Students can draw upon the illustrative examples or any other appropriate, relevant examples in order to answer the questions.
Students need to learn to budget their time to allow them to complete all parts of the exam. Time management is especially critical with regard to Section II in which three essays are required and weighted equally. Time left is announced, but students are not forced to move to the next question and many do not budget enough time to complete the third essay. Students often benefit from taking a practice exam under timed conditions prior to the actual administration.
Students will write all three essays during the course of the school year. The essays will use a modified rubric that incorporates all the elements of the generic AP rubric.