Logistics of the Exam❓
For 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)
For 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! (These 2 sections add to 💯% of your exam score). The Free Response Questions (FRQs)
study guide goes into more detail about the logistics of Section 2, but this article will mainly cover Section 1: the Multiple Choice Questions.
The College Board has broken down 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 between the units! Here is that breakdown by unit:
APHuG Breakdown by Unit
Major Strategies 💡
Here are some strategies that will immensely help you on the exam! This is not an exhaustive list and to get all of the strategies and information, check out the APHuG Ultimate Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Instead of trying to find the correct answer to every question, try looking for incorrect answers and cross them out ❌
Always cross out wrong answers as you go!
If you can't choose, try looking for specific words in a question or answer that make it wrong.
Mark It ⭕
If you really just don’t know the answer, make your best guess, circle the question so you can come back if you have time in the end, and then move on.
- The next strategy can help you move on quickly and get more of your Mark It ⭕ questions correct 🎉
Letter of the Day 🛑
- When you use a single LOTD, you increase your probability of getting each individual question correct ‼️
- This may seem confusing in theory but if you have a four-question test and you bubble B for every answer, you have a 25% chance of getting all of the questions correct.
A helpful trick is to take the question out of fancy 💃 AP language and into phrasing you understand 😊
If the question says "A negative consequence of the internal migration of the United States of America is-"
For more strategies 👊 check out the full APHuG Ultimate Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
How to Manage your Time ⌛
Focus on the topic: when looking at a question, focus on the topic it is dealing with and try and recall everything you remember about the topic. Oftentimes it will help you come up with the correct answer.
If you have 60 minutes and 60 questions, this gives you one 1️⃣ minute per question. If there is one you are stumped on, use the Mark It ⭕ Strategy. If you have some questions that take you less than a minute you can come back at the end and try again. If not, it is just one point.
Remember, it's always better to get one hard question wrong because you skipped it than to get 5 easy questions wrong because you didn't have time.
Sample Questions for the AP HuG Multiple Choice Section ⁉️
1. Early civilizations could usually be found around:
A. The coast
B. Other civilizations
Correct Answer ✅
D. Rivers; River-water could be used by ancient civilizations for energy and for drinking! Rivers also helped settlements be able to transport goods and move around.
2. Which of the following Urban Models is represented by the image?
Source: Rubinstein AP Human Geography Textbook
A. Hoyt Sector Model
B. Galactic City Model
C. Urban Realms Model
D. Latin American City Model
E. Burgess concentric zone model
Correct Answer ✅
A. Hoyt Sector Model; The Hoyt Sector Model has the distinctive High Class "sector" spine coming from the CBD to the outer area.
3. Which of the following is a nation state?
E. United States
Correct Answer ✅
A. Japan; Japan has high cultural homogeneity as well as a small land area and late stage DTM population.
Closing Thoughts 💭
The AP Human Geography Multiple Choice Section is totally Fiveable (see what we did there 😂) if you know all of the right information, and you know how to analyze and use stimuli effectively!