About the Exam
Exam Day 2017
The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and has two sections — multiple choice/short answer and free-response. Each section is divided into two parts.
Section I Part A: Multiple Choice | 55 Questions | 55 minutes | 40% of Exam Score
- Questions appear in sets of 2 to 5.
- You will analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
- Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.
Section I Part B: Short Answer | 4 Questions | 50 minutes | 20% of Exam Score
- Questions give you an opportunity to explain the historical examples you know best.
- Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps.
Section II Part A: Document Based | 1 Question | 55 minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 25% of Exam Score
- You will analyze and synthesize historical data.
- You will assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.
Section II Part B: Long Essay | 1 Question | 35 minutes | 15% of Exam Score
- Choose one question from two options
- Explain and analyze significant issues in world history
- Develop an argument supported by your analysis of historical evidence.