AP Euro Test Information

When is the AP European History Exam?

The AP European History exam date for 2020 Wednesday, May 6th 2020 at 12 p.m. This test is only offered once per year.

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About the Exam

    1. Causation (Cause & Effect)
    2. CCOT (Continuity and Change Over Time)
    3. Compare/Contrast (Use a Venn Diagram)

The AP Euro course covers European History from 1450 to the present. The course is designed to help you develop the abilities to think conceptually about history. You must do historical reasoning and make comparisons among historical developments in different times and places.

AP European Exam Format:

Section 1, Part A: 55 Multiple Choice questions in 55 minutes for 40% of exam score.

Section 1, Part B: 3 Short Answer questions in 40 minutes for 20% of exam score.

Section 2, Part A: 1 Document Based question in 60 minutes for 25% of exam score.

Section 2, Part B: 1 Long Essay question in 40 minutes for 15% of exam score.

AP Test Help by Test Section

Multiple Choice

  • Take practice Tests. Seriously, don't think about it, do it. The very best thing you can do is practice questions. Use the Saturday morning practice tests to your advantage. Then use your review book.
  • Make flash cards of key terms. I can not underestimate the importance the Romulus app has made for students. It helps!
  • Use the review packet I handed out!
  • Here is a student made Quizlet! 600+ Terms! Thanks Alexis!!


Follow our plan all year long- Claim, Evidence and Argue

Although SAQ may require you to make an assertion and defend it, you will not be required to create an overall thesis that applies to all parts of the question. The questions will ask students to “select,” “choose,” “describe,” “explain,” “provide information,” etc. Students should simply answer the question directly and write in complete sentences. But you must EXPLAIN.

There is no official rubric for this task on the AP exam. There will be 3 SAQs on the test, each covering a different period of time. There will be 3 points possible per question, for a grand total of 9 points on the AP exam. Points are earned by successfully fulfilling the task on the prompt. You will have 40 minutes to complete 3 of the 4 questions. 
(20% of your overall score)


Follow the structure we review all year:

    • Context
    • Thesis
    • Topic Sentences that direct back to your Thesis, this shows how your docs have been grouped
    • Doc Analysis (CAPP)- 1 pt for Content of 3 docs....a 2nd pt for 6 docs then use: 
      • Audience: who is this doc created for and why does that matter?
      • POV: what is the background of the author and why does that matter? 
      • Purpose: what is the reason this doc was created and why is that significant? 
      • Historical Context: what else was going on in Europe before or during this doc, and why might that impact how we see this doc?
    • Use an outside piece of evidence that is specific and supports a topic sentence which supports your thesis. What else could be used as an "additional doc"?
    • Finish your essay by re-stating your thesis 
    • Your Thesis ends the essay, this must be reworded!

When you finish, box your docs.  Did you use all 7 docs? then underline your CAPP operative words like audience, context, pov and purpose.  Did you use CAPP for at least 4, but hopefully all, documents ?

Success is knowing the Historical Thinking Skills (HTS). They have been in my room all year!

Start this essay like you would the DBQ!
Context then thesis. 
Body paragraphs x2 should be based on the Historical Thinking Skill.
One paragraph for Cause, One for Effects. 
One paragraph for Comparisons, One for Contrasts.  
One paragraph for Continuity, One for Change. 

Your two body paragraphs should be laden with evidence. Specific evidence. Names, inventions, books, treaties, Edicts, etc.  Then explain how your piece of evidence supports the thesis your wrote. 
  • If your thesis is stating that Louis XIV consolidated political power by reducing the roles of nobility and regulating religious policy, and he should therefore be considered an Absolute monarch, you will need evidence to back that claim that there was a district change between his rule and others. (that would be a CCOT prompt).  So your evidence would be the revoking of the Edict of Nantes, but how does issuing the Edict of Fontainebleau and replacing Nantes somehow show a consolidation in political power in France? Explain to the reader that the Edict of Fontainebleau was a bold step in removing freedoms and it concentrated power over society and government into one ruler, and this is a requirement of labeling a ruler an absolutist. 
The LEQ requires at least 3 pieces of evidence be used across the two body paragraphs. That gains one point.  If you can explain the evidence and how it proves the thesis- thats another point for evidence.
You will choose one of three long essay questions to answer. Choose the question that best allows you to demonstrate your knowledge of European history and a high level of analysis of that knowledge. 
Take five to ten minutes to jot down all historical information that you can remember about the topic of the question.

After examining the historical information you have jotted down, form a thesis statement that you can defend and develop with the historical information you jotted down. Give yourself twenty-five to thirty minutes to write the essay.

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