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How Do I Self-Study AP Human Geography?

3 min readseptember 29, 2021

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Harrison Burnside


AP Human Geography 🚜

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Overview 🗣️

If you are reading this, you are probably considering self-studying for this exam 😬 If you are afraid of doing so because you don’t know anything about it, we got you!
Let’s talk about it 🥳

The Exam Format 🤔

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 📖
For APHuG Section 2, you will have 75 minutes to answer 3 Free Response Questions ✍️ all equally weighted to make this section weighted at 50% of your exam score! The Free Response Questions (FRQs) study guide goes into more detail about the logistics 🧐 of Section 2 for help 🙋
Here's the AP exam breakdown by unit weight:

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APHuG Breakdown by Unit

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%

Get a Practice Book 📓

Barron’s and The Princeton Review are the two prep book companies that every AP student knows about 😋 They adequately prepare you for the exam, varying in the way they deliver information and the format they use.
The books are just going to cover the basic content of the class as they are a good source of practice with a detailed explanation for every answer. The books will also provide you with tips about how to approach each type of question.
Want to learn more about how to get a five 5️⃣? Check out:

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Understand Key Vocabulary 🗃️

As you read your textbook 📔 or other articles, identify and define the words you don’t understand and write them 📝 down in a sheet of paper, or even better, make a quizlet. That way you will be able to review these words before your exam. 😄 Not to mention you can search up previously made quizlets that will help you learn more words.
Don't know what quizlets to use or where to start? Check out:

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Review Previous Exams 📝

Another good way to prepare for the exam 📝 is by looking at previous exams, which are posted on the College Board website. Reading through FRQ ✍️ ****sample answers ****will help you know what mistakes not to make. Make sure to check out our list of all of the released FRQ past prompts so you can practice for your exam:
You can also find sample MCQ (multiple choice questions) online 💻 We recommend using this REA Practice Test and assessing your skills with this diagnostic test from Varsity Tutors.

Final Tips 💡

The most important thing you need to remember is 💵 to pay for your exam on time. Talk with the AP Coordinator of your high school, or if you are homeschooled, contact any high school close to you that offers AP Human Geography so you can take the exam there.
Also, talk with your school to know if they do any “practice week” ****before the exam. This may be helpful if any school near you offers it, don’t be afraid of contacting them 🙋🏻‍♀️
You got this 🎉

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