New Format Online AP Human Geography Study Guide – 2020 Changes

Published on Mar 26, 2020

 

👋🏼 Hi, I’m Amanda DoAmaral! I’m the founder of Fiveable and former AP Human Geography teacher. I’m based on Milwaukee, WI. This year’s exam is different than we expected, but I’m here to help. I’ve put together this study guide to help keep you on track while you are studying from home. You can follow this guide on your own with a free Fiveable account! I’ll also be joining a group of students live on Tuesdays @ 8pm ET during cram sessions. Pick up your cram pass to join us.

Format of the New Exam

This year, the AP Human Geography will look different than you were expecting. As we’re all on quarantine due to COVID-19, the College Board has decided to update the format and content of the test to fit an online testing format.

You’ll have 45-minutes to take the exam online and it will only cover units 1-5. If you have already studied content from unit 6 or 7, don’t stress! It’s all worth knowing. With the crisis we have now, cities and industries will be immensely impacted. Your knowledge will help you make sense of it all. You just won’t be tested on it.

These units are on the exam. Click the unit to see the study guide! (new unit guides coming soon!)

1 – 🗺  Thinking Geographically
2 – 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦  Population and Migration
3 – 🕋  Culture
4 – 🗳  Politics
5 – 🚜  Agriculture

These units will not be on the exam:

6 – 🌆 Cities & Urban Land-Use
7 – 💰 Industrial & Economic Development

What will be on the test?

  • Two FRQs
    • 25 minutes for Q1 = two stimuli (maps, charts, etc)
      • 5 minutes to upload Q1
    • 15 minutes for Q2 = one stimuli (maps, charts, etc)
      • 5 minutes to upload Q2

When is the exam and how do I take it?

May 12 @ 4p Eastern! Wherever you are in the world, this is the time you’ll take the test. Unless you have been approved for the make-up date in June, but only your school can request that. You’ll take the test online. There will be a practice simulation posted by College Board within the next few weeks. 

How do I prepare for the exam?

With so many school closures and the stress of a global pandemic, this review season will be different than usual. If this is your first AP exam, welcome! Don’t worry, it’s not usually this chaotic. 

We’ve put together this plan for you to follow between now and May. This will cover all of the units and leave you time to practice questions before test day. Some classes may have done units out of chronological order throughout the year, which is ok. The units don’t have to be taught in order. If you are learning new material on your own and need some help, use the chat bubble on http://fiveable.me. We’ll answer any questions you may have. 

What resources does this study plan use?

All of the required resources are free. You’ll need to create a free Fiveable account to jump in.  We’ve also linked a few other websites, articles, and YouTube videos that you can access for free. Some of the suggested resources include paid products. There are some documentaries that you can find on streaming sites with a paid membership and we’ll also list streams and practice questions that require a paid cram pass on Fiveable.


 

PRE-WORK: SET-UP YOUR STUDY ENVIRONMENT

Before we begin, take some time to get organized. Remote learning can be great, but it also means you’ll need to hold yourself accountable more than usual. 

🖥 Create a study space.
Make sure you have a designated place at home to study. Somewhere you can keep all of your materials, where you can focus on learning, and where you are comfortable. Spend some time prepping the space with everything you need and you can even let others in the family know that this is your study space. 

📚 Organize your study materials.
Get your notebook, textbook, prep books, or whatever other physical materials you have. Also create a space for you to keep track of review. Start a new section in your notebook to take notes or start a Google Doc to keep track of your notes. Get your self set up!

📅 Plan designated times for studying.
The hardest part about studying from home is sticking to a routine. Decide on one hour every day that you can dedicate to studying. This can be any time of the day, whatever works best for you. Set a timer on your phone for that time and really try to stick to it. The routine will help you stay on track.

🏆 Decide on an accountability plan.
How will you hold yourself accountable to this study plan? You may or may not have a teacher or rules set up to help you stay on track, so you need to set some for yourself. First set your goal. This could be studying for x number of hours or getting through a unit. Then, create a reward for yourself. If you reach your goal, then x. This will help stay focused!


 

UNIT 1: Thinking Geographically

🌶 Join the live cram stream: Review live with Amanda DoAmaral. Sign up here!

Big takeaways:

Unit 1 is a very introductory unit that lays the foundations for how to study geography. This includes different types of maps, looking at geographic data, and understanding forms of analysis. The content in this unit is very vocabulary heavy and these terms can appear again throughout the course, especially in an FRQ. Don’t spend too much time on this unit though. With the constraints of the new online exam, you are unlikely to see an entire question only on unit 1 content. There may be concepts woven in a question, so don’t skip the unit, but focus your time on the big topics here like types of maps, scales, and regions.

Definitely do this:

If you have more time or want to dig deeper:


 

👪 Unit 2: Population & Migration

🌶 Join the live cram stream: Review live with Amanda DoAmaral. Sign up here!

Big takeaways:

This unit is all about people in a really generalized way. It includes examining the global distribution of people to understand why humans are spread across the world in the way they are and what impacts that has on society, economics, and politics. We’ll use two models to understand population growth and decline. Population pyramids show the age and gender demographics of a region, while the Demographic Transition Model highlights the birth and death rates based on the development of a country’s education and healthcare.

Definitely do this:

If you have more time or want to dig deeper:


 

🕋 Unit 3: Culture

🌶 Join the live cram stream: Review live with Amanda DoAmaral. Sign up here!

Big Takeaways:

Culture includes language, religion, clothes, housing, traditions, and other ways people express themselves. Folk culture is traditional while popular culture is rooted in mass media. Culture spreads in several ways including through relocation, contagious, hierarchical, and stimulus. This unit also includes a focus on language and religion to understand how each affects the cultural landscape and how diffusion changes them over time.

Definitely do this:

If you have more time or want to dig deeper:


 

🗳 Unit 4: Politics

🌶 Join the live cram stream: Review live with Amanda DoAmaral. Sign up here!

Big Takeaways: 

The political organization of states is affected by global forces of nationalism, supranationalism, and past events that have changed the borders. For example, after WWI and WWII, the map of Europe changed dramatically as old empires broke up and new states were created. Political forces also affect local boundaries for voting districts and governmental resources.

Definitely do this:

If you have more time or want to dig deeper:


 

🚜 Unit 5: Agriculture

🌶 Join the live cram stream: Review live with Amanda DoAmaral. Sign up here!

Big Takeaways:

Human history essentially begins with the rise of agriculture, which completely changed society to become sedentary, have private possessions, and create power structures to govern. Over time, agricultural processes have evolved as the population increased and as technology has improved.

Definitely do this:

If you have more time or want to dig deeper:

  •  🎮 Play agriculture trivia!
  • 👕 Watch: The True Cost on Amazon Prime
    • This is a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry has on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.
  • 🌽 Watch: King Corn
    • In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
Hi! I'm Amanda, the founder and CEO of Fiveable. I've hosted 50+ live streams and you can catch me live streaming reviews for AP World History. I direct the digital learning experience at Fiveable, manage the team, and pitch the vision to anyone and everyone. I'm an unapologetic Boston sports fan and I spend way too much time listening to political podcasts. ✊?
Best AP Human Geography Quizlet Decks by Unit

Best AP Human Geography Quizlet Decks by Unit

With so many resources to use to study for your AP class, it can be a little overwhelming to decide which one to use. Thankfully, Quizlet is an easy to use website with so many study decks to choose from. But, it can be a little tricky to find just the right one....

Important Events for AP Human Geography

Important Events for AP Human Geography

The AP Human Geography exam is not about memorizing dates or events. However, you really need to have a basic understanding of the most important events so that you can apply the concepts, especially within the FRQ. It also comes up in the multiple-choice section too....

Best Quizlet Decks for Every AP Human Geography Unit

Best Quizlet Decks for Every AP Human Geography Unit

With so many resources to use to study for your AP class it can be a little overwhelming to decide which one to use. Thankfully, Quizlet is an easy to use website with so many study decks to choose from. But, it can be a little tricky to find just the right one....

2 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Would it be too forward of me to annoint you “Queen of APHUG 2020”?

    Reply
  2. Avatar

    how am I just finding this website the day before the exam. you guys are literally my saviors!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *