On this tutoring tips episode of The Prepped & Polished Podcast, SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your AP US History exam. Anooj got a 5 on his AP US History exam so pay close attention to these tips!

How to get a 5 on the AP United States History exam

Tip #1 Timeline

Build your own custom timeline of the United States history. Start from the very beginning. Start having intervals of 10 to 20 years and fill out key events, people, places, things, and anything that you think relates to that time, and just jot it down.

ip #2 Old DBQs

You want to find old AP United States history exams on the College Board website and then go through the old DBQs and FRQs. What you want to do is read the prompt really quickly, and in under five minutes, you want to start thinking about what you would write and what key facts, figures, and things you’d use to support your arguments. Now, the timeline is going to help you come up with these different key facts and figures and things like that to support your essay.

Tip #3 Class

The key to getting a five is you want to do well in class. Do all the homework and reading all the textbook assignments. You want to be on top of your classwork because if you’re not when you go and start reviewing, you’re going to start learning things for the first time. And, when you’re reviewing two to three weeks before the exam, you want to have all these things already in your head. You’re just refreshing; you’re just kind of, you know, reading the title or something in a review book, and all this information is coming to you, retrieving all that from when you studied during your class.

Tip #4 Flashcards

The AP United States history exam tests so much material, so buy a set of pre-made flashcards. They’re all over the internet. You just want to get them as they’re going to help you actively recall information. The flashcards are going to drill these different ideas, people, figures, events, times, and all those into your head. So, you just want to constantly get in the habit of reviewing flashcards.

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