AP World History Review: Essays from Period 1 to Period 6

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AP® World History Essay Prompts

The AP World History essays (or all written portions) are 60% of the exam including short-answer questions (SAQs), long-essay questions (LEQs), and document-based questions (DBQs). It’s important that you understand the rubrics and question styles going into the exam. Use this list to practice!

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*The AP World History exam was revised in 2017, so any questions from before then are not representative of the current exam format or rubric. You can still use prior questions to practice, however DBQs will have more than 7 documents, the LEQ prompts are worded differently, and the rubrics are completely different. Use questions from 2002-2016 with caution.


Are you ready for the AP® World History Exam?


May 16 is approaching fast and you'll need all the studying help you can get. We've put together an excellent study guide that contains everything you need to score a 5!

  • All 10,000 years of world history broken down by bulleted key concepts.
  • Tips & tricks for each type of essay (FRQ, DBQ, LEQ)
  • Resources linked throughout for bite-sized review.