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.

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