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The Multiple-Choice Questions were hard!

AP US History

“The MCs will never ask you for a specific date. Instead, test writers expect you to have a good understanding of the overall sequence of major events and movements.”

Teachers, students, and Reddit posters all agree that the multiple-choice questions on the May 19 digital exam were very challenging, i.e. they were HARD! With the June 2 APUSH exam just days away, is there anything you can do to prepare for a battery of tough MCs?

The first step is to understand why the MCs were so difficult. According to all reports, the actual stimulus prompts were straightforward and focused on expected topics. The real problem was that questions often forced students to choose between two closely related answers.

Given this challenge, I have two recommendations. First and foremost, use process of elimination (POE). You can almost always eliminate two and sometimes three answers because they are totally wrong. Although you may not like the remaining the answer, it is correct because the other choices are wrong!

Second, resist the temptation to memorize dates. The MCs will never ask you for a specific date. Instead, test writers expect you to have a good understanding of the overall sequence of major events and movements. For example, the Second Great Awakening began in the late 1790s and early 1800s while the women’s suffrage movement began after the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.

I wrote the Fast Review book to help students prepare for tough MC questions. Each of the nine chapters focuses on one of the nine required chronological periods in the APUSH curriculum. The chapters begin with a timeline of key events followed by a short but focused review of key events, patterns, and developments. My students reported that Fast Review lived up to its title. It provided an efficient and effective review that helped them eliminate wrong answers and zero in on the correct answers!

 

Larry Krieger

Larry Krieger

Author · Instructor

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Larry Krieger taught a variety of AP subjects including Art History, U. S. History, European History, and American Government. Mr. Krieger has published popular books that have enabled students across the country to be confident in their abilities when facing AP and SAT exams.

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