Start Studying for the AP World History Exam

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If you are planning on taking the AP World History exam this coming May, this article will help prepare you now to ensure you get a perfect 5 when it comes exam time.

The AP World History exam is known for being one of the most difficult exams -- with good reason.

There are simply so many events that have happened throughout world history that it's quite a challenge to be prepared enough for any question that may come on the exam.

Luckily, this guide will help show you exactly what is required so you are prepared as possible.

Step 1: Get an AP World History Textbook

There are many test prep guides and books that help refresh you before the exam. Popular brands such as Barron's, The Princeton Review and 5 steps to a 5 all prepare great review books to help you.

However, they are virtually useless if you haven't first read and understood the material from a textbook.

There are several options available, and we recommend visiting this guide that recommends the best AP world history textbooks for the 2018 test.

In general the textbook Traditions & Encounters by McGraw-Hill is considered the best world history textbook to study for the AP exam, specifically.

Step 2: Online Practice Tests

The internet is an incredible place where students can study and practice for the AP exam completely for free. After you've gone through reading the textbook, as well as doing all the exercise/practice questions inside the textbook, you may want to test your knowledge with a free practice test.

These tests will help you assess how much reading you need to do or maybe areas of the textbook you need to revisit. We all have this issue to some degree; we read a book for a few seconds, few minutes and totally forget what we were reading, or what we read didn't properly get absorbed.

There is no reason to be frustrated by this; it happens to the best of us. The practice test will help shine a light on these areas where we need to go back with more focus and re-learn what we missed.

Some of the sites we recommend for free practice tests are College Board's AP World History Exam Practice and Varsity Tutors

Step 3: Review & Prep Books

After you've read the textbook and taken some online practice tests and your scores are now acceptable, now is the time you can pick up a review or prep book in anticipation of the test. Most of the review and prep books are prepared each year for the up-coming exam to help students be as prepared as possible for the newest, modern AP world history exam.

As mentioned previously, most of them are basically the same material and the same price, and you can't go wrong with any of the big brands such as The Princeton Review or Barron's. Just make sure you purchase the latest editions of the books, most of them have a 2018 edition already available for purchase.

Step 4: Get a good night's rest after studying

Finally, it has been scientifically proven that we need to sleep on what we've learnt for it to truly get absorbed in our brains.

If you are cramming all night, or study and decide to go out partying with your friends, you basically wasted all your time studying, because a large majority of what you studied will not be retained by your brain.

It's imperative, not only before the big exam day, but after every study session, that you get yourself a good night's sleep.

And there you have it, our simple and effective guide to getting a perfect 5 score on your upcoming AP World history exam, this coming May 2018.

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