But I have another concern. Just how interested are you in history. And world history? A very broad subject. What courses have you taken that relate to the subject. Or, for that matter, touch on it in one way or another. Most subjects do. Music, art, architecture, the sciences, literature, and so forth. So it may be that you have picked bits and pieces here and there.
But where are your gaps. As in parts of the world. Or particular centuries. Or both and more.
How much reading do you do? And I don't mean for classes. Fiction can touch to history. And have you read much nonfiction? People who are well read tend to do better on exams of this sort than those who don't.
Likewise, people who are interested in the subject matter of an exam tend to do better.
And only you can answer the above for yourself.
Then comes the question of how well you handle exams. How much confidence do you have?
So this can become all very complicated.
In the end, I'd follow the advice of the others. The old AP tests. Study guides. Take a hard look at them. World history is one thing. What do the AP tests stress? What do they ignore?
All the best.
Maeve’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team
1. If you are given any of the AP test prep books, definitely use this as a resource. Make sure to use the book throughout the school year, not just right before the test, so you don't feel too overwhelmed trying to start studying right before the test.
2. The college board has all previous tests on their website. You should be able to see every question and answer from all past years. You should check out these tests to get a good idea of what type of questions you will be asked.
3. Barrons has great practice tests and overviews of every topic (you can find this on Amazon).
4. Test tip: AP tests let you bring food and water. You should bring this with you so you can feel comfortable during your breaks and take some time to relax.
5. Study with friends who are taking the class too! Your friends will be able to help you out with subjects or topics that you don't understand fully.
I know people that self studied to AP tests and fully relied on the books. I had a few teachers that didn't know how to teach and still managed a decent score by myself using the Princeton Book.
I also think Quizlet is a great source, especially if you are taking an AP that is memorization heavy ie: Psychology.
College Board also includes prior tests and questions on their website (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-world-history/exam/past-exam-questions).
Try to simulate the test environment as much as possible to help practice focusing for the entire test duration length (no phone, no distractions).
Any other best practices you have from studying for exams in school would help here as well. For example, try flash cards, practice writing essays, etc.