First, you’ll figure out what you need to work on by establishing a baseline level for your DBQ skills. Finally, you’ll take another DBQ to see how you've improved and what you still need to work on.In this next section, I’ll go over the whole process.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the earlier you start studying for your AP test, the less material you will have covered in class.
Make sure you continually review older material as the school year goes on to keep things fresh in your mind, but in terms of DBQ prep it probably doesn’t make sense to start before February or January at the absolute earliest. I recommend you complete a baseline DBQ around early February to see where you need to focus your efforts.
This will let you know where you need to focus your preparation efforts.
To do this, you will take a timed, practice DBQ and have a trusted teacher or advisor grade it according to the appropriate rubric.
This is fine if you need to use them, but be sure to use the new rubric I advise you to save all these links, or even download all the Free Response Questions and the Scoring Guides, for reference because you will be using them again and again for practice.
For this exam, you’ll be given a 15-minute reading period and 45 minutes of writing time.The College Board has provided practice questions for the exam, including a DBQ (see page 200 in the linked document).If you’ve already seen this question, the only other questions available through the College Board are in the old format, because the 2016 DBQ is in a new, seven-point format identical to the AP US History exam.For a general overview of the DBQ—what it is, its purpose, its format, etc.—see my article “What is a DBQ? Preparing for the DBQ Establish a Baseline Foundational Skills Rubric Breakdown Take Another Practice DBQ How Can I Succeed on Test Day?Reading the Question and Documents Planning Your Essay Writing Your Essay Key Takeaways Your AP exam study timeline depends on a few things.As for the other two history exams, the College Board has provided practice questions. If you’ve already seen this question, the only other questions available through the College Board are in the old format, because the 2017 World History DBQ is in a new, seven-point format identical to the AP US History and AP European History exams.So be sure to use the new DBQ rubric if you want to use any of the old prompts provided by the College Board., since this is a skill you will need for any DBQ exam (and for your entire academic life).Then, I’ll go over outlining essays, with some sample outline ideas for the DBQ. Finally, I’ll briefly discuss how to non-awkwardly integrate information from your documents into your writing.How often you take the practice DBQs and how many times you repeat the cycle really depends on how much preparation you need, and how often you want to check your progress.Take practice DBQs often enough that the format stays familiar, but not so much that you’ve done barely any skills practice in between. The general preparation process is to diagnose, practice, test, and repeat.