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Title: General Review Tips

General Review Tips
  • Prioritize - Focus on topics/areas of weakness
  • Avoid trying to memorize too much - Review big
    picture concepts first, specific
    terms/name/events later
  • Look at old materials - Review in-class and
    reading notes, past essays tests, study
    materials from Fall final
  • Try different approaches - There is no best way
    to review (alone/group, on-line/book/flash cards,
    practice tests/packets it depends on your
    learning style try mixing it up).
  • Find a middle ground - Some review better than
    no review. Too much review is counterproductive.
  • Be positive You have learned a lot this year
    the AP exam is graded on a major curve.

AP Exam Multiple Choice Information
  • 55 minutes for 80 questions
  • Each question has 5 possible answers
  • Multiple Choice counts for ½ of total score
  • No points lost for wrong or skipped questions.
  • Questions get progressively more challenging.
  • BIG curve on multiple choice - Score over 40
    likely earns a 3 (passing score) over 50 likely
    earns a 4 and over 60 a 5.
  • Chronology of Questions
  • 16 (20) pre 1790 36 (45) 1790-1914 28 (35)
    1915 1990
  • Topic of Questions
  • 28 (35) Politics 28 (35) Social/Cultural 12
    (15) Foreign Policy 8 (10) Economics 4 (5)

AP Exam Essay Information
  • There is 1 DBQ essay you must write on and 4 FRQ
    prompts of which you must write on 2. You will
    be required to write one FRQ on a topic prior to
    1880 and one FRQ on a topic after that date.
  • The 5 total essay prompts will range in their
    topics chronologically and thematically.
  • AP Essay Writing Tips
  • READ prompts multiple times
  • Brainstorm make a quick plan of attack
  • Introduction needs some brief background on big
    picture followed by an on-topic thesis
  • Body paragraphs need to BLEND details with
    analysis. (Facts explanations).
  • Grading is holistic no points taken away,
    just earned. If in doubt, make a guess.

A few AP US Exam review websites Time
lines http//
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416.html Terms grouped by era http//www.mredm http//www.salemw General review
websites http//
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Brainstorm significant people, events, themes,
trends and/or ideas from 1606-1800
Key concepts to consider
  • Political Regional differences, government
    structure, Enlightenment values, Articles of
    Confederation, Constitution, Fed vs. Anti Fed,
    French Indian War, clashes with Native
  • Social Regional differences, Role of women,
    impact of religion First Great Awakening, Deism
  • Economic Regional differences, slavery vs.
    indentured servants, mercantilism, salutary
    neglect, Columbian exchange

Evaluate the extent to which the Articles of
Confederation were effective in solving the
problems that confronted the new nation.
  • Analyze the contribute of TWO of the following in
    helping establish a stable government after
    adoption of the Constitution
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington

  • The United States Constitution represented an
    economic and ideological victory for the
    traditional political elite. Assess the validity
    of that statement for the period 1781 to 1789.

  • Analyze the impact of the American Revolution on
    both slavery and the status of women in the
    period from 1775-1800.

Analyze the ways in which British imperial
policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified
colonials resistance to British rule and their
commitment to republican values.
  • Analyze the effect of the French and Indian War
    and its aftermath on the relationship between
    Great Britain and the British colonies. Confine
    your response to the period from 1754 to 1776.

  • Analyze the role of trans-Atlantic trade and
    Great Britains mercantilist policies in the
    economic development of the British North
    American colonies in the period from 165- to 1750.

  • Analyze the cultural and economic responses of
    TWO of the following groups to the Indians of
    North America before 1750.
  • British
  • French
  • Spanish

Compare the ways in which religion shaped the
development of colonial society (before 1750) in
TWO of the following regions New England
Chesapeake Middle Atlantic
  • How did economic growth, geographic, and social
    factors encourage the growth of slavery as an
    important part of the economy of the southern
    colonies between 1607 and 1775?