AP Exams Are Just Around the Corner: Are You Prepared?

The 2013 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 6 through 10 and May 13 through 17. Click on the following link for more precise dates:

For those taking the AP European History, AP US History, AP World History and AP English Language and Composition, the dreaded DBQ section is upon you! Are you ready?

Rather than demonstrating extensive knowledge, a confident time management strategy is key to succeeding on this particular part of the test. Because there is so much to do in so little time, students without one may find frayed nerves and draw blanks in the examination room. Receiving a packet containing three-to-sixteen original document sources and an unfamiliar essay prompt question that requires those sources to be organized in response around a sound thesis is enough to make any high-school kid break into a cold sweat.

But you don't have to worry, here are some quick tips for developing a Kick Butt DBQ essay:

• Highlight or circle the “action” words in your essay prompt. (These are the words that matter most, the ones that require a direct response.)

• Quickly and efficiently organize your sources in outline or chart form according to the question actually posed by the essay prompt (NOT the one you heard last week from your AP study partner)

• Recall your AP teacher’s comments and push your own analysis a bit deeper, instead of just re-writing the views expressed in the sources.

• When finished, go back and re-read the essay prompt one last time to ensure you are still on topic.

For additional AP test prep questions just leave a comment below; and I’ll respond on this post. Or if you need one on one help, send me a message on the WyzAnt system. Best of luck!


Shannon B.

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