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.
For the AP US History DBQ, you’ll be given a 15-minute reading period and 45 minutes of writing time.
A selection of practice questions from the exam can be found online at the College Board, including a DBQ.
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Whether you need help with science, math, English, social science, or more, we've got you covered. The first thing you need to do is to establish a baseline—figure out where you are at with respect to your DBQ skills.
However, if you got a two or three out of seven, you’ll know you have more work to do, and you’ll probably want to devote at least an hour or two every week to honing your skills.
The general flow of your preparation should be: take a practice DBQ, do focused skills practice, take another practice DBQ, do focused skills practice, take another practice DBQ, and so on.
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.