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How to Get a 5 in AP Human Geography

3 min readโ€ขmay 15, 2021

harrison-burnside

Harrison Burnside


Introducing APHuG ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

APHuG is a relatively large AP class ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ with quite a few resources online, but there are some amazing ones like Fiveable 5๏ธโƒฃ that are here to help! If you can practice for the exam ๐Ÿ“ and use these tips, then you should be all set to do awesome ๐Ÿคฉ on your FRQs and ace your MCQ ๐Ÿง sections of your exam.

Tip ๐Ÿ’ก #1: Know the Exam 1๏ธโƒฃ

The APHuG ๐Ÿšœ exam is formatted as follows:
Section 1: MCQ ๐Ÿง
For APHuG Section 1, you have 60 minutes to answer 60 MCQs, and this section is weighted at 50% of your exam score! To learn more about MCQs and go more in-depth on the process, make sure to check out the APHuG Ultimate Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) guide ๐Ÿ“–
Section 2: FRQ โœ๏ธ
For APHuG Section 2, you will have 75 minutes to answer 3 Free Response Questions โœ๏ธ all equally weighted to make this section weighted at 50% of your exam score! (These 2 sections add to ๐Ÿ’ฏ% of your exam score). The Free Response Questions (FRQs) study guide goes into more detail about the logistics ๐Ÿง of Section 2 for help ๐Ÿ™‹
The AP Exam has broken down ๐Ÿ’ฏ how much each unit is weighted on Section 1 (in a normal AP Exam year), so make sure to distribute most of your studying time equally โฒ๏ธ between the units! Here is that breakdown by unit:

Resources:

๐Ÿค APHuG Breakdown by Unit

UnitExam Weighting
1: Thinking Geographically8-10%
2: Population + Migration12-17%
3: Culture12-17%
4: Politics 12-17%
5: Agriculture12-17%
6: Urban Land Use12-17%
7: Economic Development12-17%

Tip ๐Ÿ’ก #2: Use Fiveable + ASAP HuG 2๏ธโƒฃ

ASAP HuG ๐Ÿ”–: (this section is adapted from 5 Resources to a 5 for APHuG)
What is it?ย It's a prep book, but the entire book is made up of images, graphic organizers, and flow charts! It's relatively small at just 215 pages, unlike those thick prep books, and the amount of text is very limited.
Why is it helpful?ย Some of the content in AP Human Geo can be really confusing or overwhelming, but this book is incredibly visual so it helps you make sense of each topic. Plus, there are tons of charts that help explain all of the models & theories.
Fun Feature: Throughout the book, there are little icons that specify whether a topic is "must know," "should know," or "could know". This is an incredibly helpful feature to help you narrow down all of the important terms and concepts to focus on just what you need to get a 5.

Tip ๐Ÿ’ก #3: Learn and Apply the Vocab 3๏ธโƒฃ

Vocabulary is super important ๐Ÿ’ช to all social science classes, like AP US Gov and AP Psych, but it is especially ๐Ÿ˜ซ important for APHuG MCQs and FRQs โœ๏ธ On most released FRQs from exams, you will see part (A) asking you to define a vocabulary term ๐Ÿง then you will have to explain it and apply it to a situation ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ in the real world later in the FRQ!
Many textbooks ๐Ÿ“š and prep books have great vocab lists, but those are often very expensive ๐Ÿค‘, so consider checking out all of these released quizlet decks by unit for APHuG:
๐Ÿ“ Read: APHuG - Best Quizlet Decks by Unit
๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Watch: APHuG - Vocabulary Development with Cody Austin
While not all FRQs follow the exact same format on the exam, you should definitely have looked ๐Ÿ‘€ at a few to know what you have to do on the exam! See Tip ๐Ÿ’ก #1 above for learning the exam format and keep reading ๐Ÿ“” to learn why FRQs are so important on the exam โ€ผ๏ธ

Closing Thoughts ๐Ÿ’ญ

APHuG ๐Ÿšœ isn't a super hard class, but it does require an in-depth understanding ๐Ÿค” of the content and knowing how to apply it to real world scenarios! Make sure to understand these tips ๐Ÿ’ก to be able to get that five 5๏ธโƒฃ in May ๐Ÿ™Œ and as always, Think Fiveable ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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