Essays

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.

Short Answer | 3 Questions | 40 minutes | 20% of Exam Score

  • Analyze historians’ interpretations, historical sources, and propositions about history.
  • Questions give you an opportunity to explain the historical examples you know best.
  • Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps.
  • You’ll have a choice between two options for the final required short answer question, each one focusing on a different time period.
    • Question 1 (required): periods 3-8
    • Question 2 (required): periods 3-8
    • Choose between Question 3, periods 1-3, and Question 4, periods 4-6

Document Based | 1 Question | 60 minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 25% of Exam Score

  • Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.
  • Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence.
  • The document-based question will focus on topics from periods 3-6.

Long Essay | 1 Question | 40 minutes | 15% of Exam Score

  • Explain and analyze significant issues in world history
  • Develop an argument supported by your analysis of historical evidence.
  • You’ll select from one of three essay choices, each focusing on the same theme and skill but different time periods:
    • Option 1: periods 1-2
    • Option 2: periods 3-4
    • Option 3: periods 5-6

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.