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I'm about to take the apush exam in 2 1/2 weeks. For those who've already taken it, how did it go? Did they give enough time for the essays and MC? And to what level if specificality were the questions posed?

I'm so freaked out about it I swear I'm about to pee in my pants. AAAAAAHHHWERI WWIEWIROWH...



Hey, I'm in my first year of APUSH and thought I'd join this community. I am a huge history geek (and proud of it!) and love everything history, though I am partial to European history myself...

So yea, this seemed like a cool place to hang, talk apush of course and gather good sources.

Watsup everyone? :D


 So I basically gave up on this community thinking, agh nobody's going to post.

Well I feel bad. Like real bad.

So as a an apology, I found this AMAZING resource that I thought everyone deserved to see. It's going up in the links.


Every president, their term, party, VP, and important events during his term! OMGFDNDDFLH

Maybe I'm a little too excited. Oh well. 

Some people were asking about essays and stuff, I have some practice ones from my teacher. Anyone interested?

Uh oh.

1. To those who took/will take the APUSH exam, did you/will you take the SAT II: US History as well? If not, why?

2. My APUSH class is frighteningly behind. We have YET to cover Civil War and we only have a month to cram everything in! At the start of the year, our teacher insisted on covering all the notes with us with his detailed Brinkley notes. And that's all we did. Copied off of his notes and lectures and doing weekly Zinn chapter reviews. Realizing we're behind at the end of the year, he assigned us into groups in charge to take notes on a couple of chapters off of our Brinkley textbook so we could ~help~ each other. We had to provide full Cornell notes, section summaries, and drill questions. They were all due at the end of our winter break. Currently, four chapters are still not turned in. And to be honest, I think some of the students in the class are not competent enough (judging by the notes they posted up on our AP website) so I don't even think I should consider relying on their notes. Obviously, we're in trouble and we'd have to do a lot of independent studying as if our life depended on it. I think I'll be fine with the multiple choice portion of the test-- the three DBQs worry me the most. We haven't had much practice.. I think we had two in-class and two take-home DBQs.


Btw, what's a good study book for the AP test? And would these flash cards be helpful?

Differences Between Euro DBQ and US DBQ

So i've said this once and i'll say it again--less outside information is usually expected from you on the Euro DBQ as opposed to the APUSH test.
My Euro DBQ for the 2006 exam was on the Sports of Europe in the early 19th century. Honestly, i thought it was a joke when i first read it, but that's another story. Although the essay was on a subject i knew *nothing* about, i believe i scored pretty well on it because i only had to use the information listed in the prompt. As with any DBQ i had to understand the writer's bias/agenda in their passage and then write a well written argument supporting what i thought Sports' role was in Europe at the time--no sweat, right?
I was able to BS and essay on a subject that i didn't even know *existed* before the test because I had developed the correct DBQ skills.
In 2007, the DBQ for the US History Exam was (without looking this up, too lazy) about the agricultural movements of early 19th century America. On this exam, documents were brought up the Grange Movements and the Cross of Gold Speech. However i was not told *any* of this, rather, i was forced to infer what movements/events the articles were talking about based on my own prior knowledge of US History.
For instance, in the last Document, the only clues given to me wwere that writer was W.J. Bryan and then an excerpt from the Cross'o'Gold speech was presented. It was up to me to put a name to the speech and then refer back to its meaning during this time in American History using only what i knew.
While i am sure that you can probably BS a pretty fine essay without knowing any background info, in order to score that 6+ essay, you really need to have a solid understanding of basic American History. Furthermore, you have to feel comfortable enough in filling in the gaps on your DBQ essay with your own info and be savvy enough to connect the dots where it is needed.

As for the APUS FRQ's, i can't say they're particularly special. You're given for each Question number two essay prompts to choose from; you then pick one and write. Whatever you do, write on the essay you know *more* about. This may seem silly to say, but i've known people who chose prompts only to realize in horror after the test that they wrote on the wrong thing.

Civil War Strengths

So I found a great list of the strengths of both the North and South in the Civil War in my Barron's EZ-101 Study Keys: American History to 1877. If you happen to have the book, it's on pages 117-118. If not, here it is:

The North
- The North had a population advantage of 22 million to 9 million (and over 3 to 1 of white males of military age).
-Over 90% of the nation's manufacturing (including nearly all heavy industry) was located in the North.
-The North (and West) had diverse agriculture, which it was able to greatly expand.
-The North had a great edge in capital wealth (eve if the South's slaves were included).
-Transportation systems (notably railroads) were far superior.
-The North had nearly all the civilian shipping and most of the navy.
-A more nationalistic, centralized government structure was already in place. (Lincoln turned out to be a notably effective wartime leader.)

The South:
- Slaves (1/3 of the population) freed more whites to fight.
- A vast geographic area, familiar to its defenders, would presumably have to be invaded and conquered by the North.
- Cotton exports could pressure textile-manufacturing Britain to provide aid. 
-The South had strong military tradition.
-Many veteran military leaders (inclding Lee) remained loyal to the South (officers on both sides had served together in the Mexican War).
-The South was hampered by its commitment to states rights and localism ("excessive democracy?").

I think this list is ridiculously useful, no? I mean, an APUSH binder should really not go without it. However, I'm itching for a list of the negatives, and although I have an iffy one in my binder and could pull one together, it is too late for me to do that right now. So if someone finds a site that could make the eventual editing of this easier, please, link away. Or even if the info comes from you, I'll definitely give you credit (after I verify it of course). Aside from all that, the negatives are coming soon. 

Also, sorry for the spelling mistakes, but I'm too tired to correct them right now.



Hey, if anyone here posts a lot on APCentral on LJ, then you've probably seen me around. i'm a senior a GV high school in So California. i got a 5 on USH, Art History, Lang, and Euro: a 4 on Bio and H. Geography: and a 3 on Env Science (i was young, and stupid!). I'm taking AP Gov, Econ, Lit, and Art right now.
If anyone has any questions, i'd love to help :'D

Looking for a certain historical document?


keep that under your favorites for whenever you need the original text of something, like the Embargo Act or the Declaration.

Also an awesomely uneducational video about George Washington.

Let's make history a bit more fun...

Some of us are a little overwhelmed by the idea of that APUSH test lurking around the corner, with all the presidents, court cases, treaties, wars, reformers, dates-

Well it's enough to make anyone sick.

But before you start ripping out your hair and biting your cuticles, try joining this community first. Together we can share all our information on APUSH, so the more the merrier!

Hey, it couldn't hurt right?

So all I ask is that you check out the three simple rules in the biography section. Then, go U.S. history crazy!!!