You can use the resources below to help you prepare for the exam.

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Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice, short-answer, and free-response questions in the AP U.S. History Course and Exam Description (.pdf/1.58MB).

Sample Responses

Student responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.

Short-Answer Response Booklets

Review the information about the short-answer response booklets before exam day so that you understand where to write your answers and the amount of space provided for each response. The watermarks on the pages for Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, as well as the instruction at the top of each page, indicate which question you should be answering on each page of the booklet. You’ll need to write your answers on the correct page in the booklet on exam day.

Exam Practice Tips

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Practice with a Released Exam

A practice exam is available to you.

Study Skills

Use our Reading and Writing Study Skills as you prepare for the exam.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

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The 2016 exam resources below reflect the content, scope, and design specifications of the redesigned AP U.S. History Exam, which was first administered in May 2015. The exams from 2014 and before do not reflect the redesigned exam. These resources provided to help you become familiar with the kinds of topics and questions that have been asked on previous years’ AP Exams. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to Sign-Up.

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