AP Exam Review Materials

Review is an important part of any AP class, but it is especially critical in the case of single semester AP classes taught during Fall semester.  Given that students will not be taking the AP World History class at the time of the exam, it is important that students stay in active communication with me in order to be informed as to when AP World review sessions will be held.  (Students who check their email regularly have a much better chance of keeping up-to-date.)  I will inform students when and where study sessions will take place as the time for the exam draws nearer, although there is a rough plan for study sessions listed below.

On this page, you will find content review material for the AP World History exam separated out by world region.  If you would like to review by time period, please use the Unit Materials tabs on the page header.  If you would like to review the procedure and rubrics for each of the essays, please use the Writing Materials tab.

And if you’d like something to listen to while you review, here’s a ridiculous playlist I created because I’m a huge music geek.  I make no claims that this is good music– after all, I used “We Built This City (On Rock And Roll)” as a representation of the transition to urbanization– but it might be good for a laugh.  And that’s always good.

AP Exam Study Schedule

***Please note that this is a rough schedule, and is subject to change as the school year progresses.***

The following are the dates, times, and subjects of the scheduled study sessions.  All sessions will be held in my room (312) unless otherwise noted.

Date Time Subject
Wednesday, March 2nd 3:40 to 5:00 PM Americas
Wednesday, March 9th 3:40 to 5:00 PM Africa
Friday, March 11th 7:30 to 8:10 AM Americas/Africa
Wednesday, March 16th 3:40 to 5:00 PM Australasia
Wednesday, March 23rd 3:40 to 5:00 PM South Asia
Friday, March 25th 7:30 to 8:00 AM Australasia/South Asia
Wednesday, March 30th 3:40 to 5:00 PM East Asia
Wednesday, April 13th 3:40 to 5:00 PM Writing Practice: DBQ
Friday, April 15th 7:30 to 8:00 AM East Asia/Europe
Wednesday, April 20th 3:40 to 5:00 PM Writing Practice: Comparative Essay
Wednesday, April 27th   3:40 to 5:00 PM Writing Practice: Change and Continuity Essay
Wednesday, May 4th 3:40 to 5:00 PM Practice Exam: Multiple Choice
Saturday, May 7th * 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM All content!

* Off-site.  Check with me for further details as the time for review draws nearer.

Please note that morning sessions are an effort to make study sessions available to students who are unable to stay after school and will repeat material from previous afternoon study sessions.

Additionally, please know that there may be additional study sessions added at a later date.  Generally, we work with Dr. Farmer (who teaches AP European History) to combine our Europe study sessions, but I don’t want to put dates down on the calendar for that without first checking on his availability.  In the past, however, we’ve had two dates for European history review, usually one  on a Tuesday afternoon and another on a Thursday afternoon.  As soon as I know those dates, I will update our study schedule and distribute that information to you all.

Regional Content Study: Americas

First, you may find it helpful to download and review the Americas Cheat Sheet for relevant terms and concepts pertaining to the Americas.  Additionally, you may need to do a little clean-up on the 20th century to the present, in which case it might be helpful to watch the following Crash Course video, and review a PowerPoint on modern Latin America:

Modern Latin America

If you would like an idea of a good study technique for this material, try the following: download the cards below with major events, groups, movements, individuals, and ideas associated with the Americas.  Print them out, cut them apart, shuffle them, and then try your best to put them into chronological order (use the earliest known date for any given term) WITHOUT using your notes, textbooks, or the crutch of Wikipedia.

Americas Timeline Cards

You probably won’t know many dates right off the top of your head, but do your best– think about what makes logical sense based on cause and effect.  Then, when you think you’ve got the order correct, get out your notes and other resources.  Check your work.  Fix any mistakes you think you have.  Once you’re sure you have the order right, ask yourself- what areas are you weak on?  What topics do you really need to review?  Are you confusing some groups with others?

Regional Content Study: Africa

Sorry for the slow posting of this material, guys– it’s been a busy week.  I’d suggest that you begin your review of Africa by downloading the Africa Cheat Sheet, which contains terms, concepts, events, regions, and movements associated in some way with Africa, divided up by time period.  If you need a little clean-up of post-World War II Africa, please review the following PowerPoint on decolonization:

Decolonization (Africa)

I also strongly, strongly suggest that you consider watch the Crash Course on the Congolese Wars from the late 1990s and early 2000s– this is an important part of modern history that most Americans neglect, or only know about peripherally.

Once you’ve begun the work of reviewing, you might consider trying your hand at a puzzle: download the following pages and print them out. (Africa Review Quilt.) Then, cut each square apart from the page, and mix all of the pieces from the three pages together.  Now– without using your notes, textbooks, or the Internet to help you– see how quickly you can match the terms to their descriptions.

Regional Content Study: Australasia

During this review session, we covered some neglected areas of the world to a greater extent than we’d previously been able to in class: Southeast Asia, Oceania (including Micronesia and Polynesia), and Australia.  You might find in useful to review the following PowerPoints and Crash Course video:

Migrations and Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Australia

Regional Content Study: South Asia

South Asia is DEFINITELY an area you want to have a strong grasp of for the College Board exam.  I strongly suggest that you download the following South Asia Cheat Sheet and be able to identify and contextualize all the major terms listed therein.  Additionally, you might find it useful to review the following PowerPoint on the rise of Indian nationalism, independence, and the effects of partition on modern South Asia:

Indian Nationalism

If you would like a review activity to help you work on your understanding of this region of the world, try the following:

  1. Download the South Asia Map Annotation Sheet, and print out six copies.  Label each copy for one of the six time periods for this course: 8000 to 600 BCE, 600 BCE to 600 CE, 600 to 1450 CE, 1450 to 1750 CE, 1750 to 1900 CE, and 1900 CE to the present.
  2. For each worksheet, work through the instructions detailed in the Unit Map Annotations in South Asia PowerPoint.  You should use your notes, textbooks, and other resources to help you with your annotations.  (Note: this activity was designed to be done in a group setting, so it’s going to tell you to pass your paper to one of your group mates every five minutes.  If you’re working independently, ignore this part and complete each step on your own.)

Regional Content Study: East Asia

East Asia is another region of the world which is frequently the subject of evaluation by the College Board.  Therefore, I strongly suggest that you download the following East Asia Cheat Sheet and review the listed terms.  There are also guiding questions to help you think about the major themes, events, and transformations associated with East Asia.

For our study session on East Asia, we primarily reviewed through working on a timeline of events, concepts, and individuals. Download the following East Asia Timeline Cards and print out the cards.  Cut them apart, shuffle them, and then try your best to organize them in chronological order– WITHOUT relying on your notes, textbooks, or the Internet.

NOTE: given the incredibly cyclical nature of Chinese history at times, you’ll find that many ideas or concepts exist at multiple points of time.  When organizing your timeline, place each term at the EARLIEST point at which the concept or event affects East Asia.  Try to think in terms of cause and effect, and you might find it helpful to sing along to this:


Regional Content Study: Europe