What's the APUSH Exam like?

    Historical thinking skills:  While addressed in class before the redesign, the new exam and curriculum framework place a larger focus on these skills that are essential to the study and practice of history.  They are organized into four types of skills and are meant to be demonstrated by students when they are writing their long essay or document-based question (DBQ) essay:  chronological reasoning (includes historical causation, patterns of continuity and change, and periodization), comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence (including historical argumentation and appropriate use of relevant historical interpretation), and interpretation and synthesis.
    These historical thinking skills provide opportunities for students to learn to think like historians, most notably to analyze evidence about the past to create persuasive historical arguments.  Focusing on these practices enables teachers to create learning opportunities for students that emphasize the conceptual and historical nature of history rather than simply memorization of events in the past.
    AP U.S. History Exam:  3 hours 15 minutes
    The AP Exam questions measure students' knowledge of U.S. history and their ability to think historically.  Questions are based on key and supporting concepts, course themes, and historical thinking skills. Students will need to have an in-depth content knowledge beginning with the early colonial period and continuing up through recent times.  Students also have to be able to express this knowledge in written form.  Students will be expected to analyze primary source documents and write extensive essays throughout this course.
    Format of Assessment
    Section I Part A:  Multiple Choice | 50-55 Questions | 55 minutes | 40% of Exam Score
    Questions appear in sets of 2-5
    Students analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
    Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.
    Section I Part B:  Short Answer | 4 Questions | 45 minutes | 20% of Exam Score
    Questions provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know best (no thesis)
    Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps
    Section II Part A:  Document Based | 1 Question | 60 minutes | 25% of Exam Score
    Analyze and synthesize historical dates (Thesis required).
    Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.
    Section II Part B:  Long Essay | 1 Question | 35 minutes | 15% of exam score
    Students select one question among two
    Explain and analyze significant issues in U.S. History (Thesis required)
    Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence