This means that there are only two past exams available that use the current DBQ format: 7 "core" points and 2 additional points possible.
In general, though, a superior example will do the following: Here are your example essays!
We'll start with AP US History, then move to AP European History, and finally wrap up with AP World History.
In this section, I'll give you some tips on how to use example DBQs in your own prep, including when to start using them and how many you should plan to review.
Official sample essay sets are a great way to test how well you understand the rubric.
If there are points you are consistently awarding differently than the graders, you’ll know those are skills you'll need to work on.
Keep giving points for the thesis and then finding out the sample didn't get those points? Not giving points for historical context and then finding out the AP grader gave full credit?Having multiple sets of eyes will help you see if the scores you're giving are reasonable, since you won’t have an official 7-point College Board score for comparison.The answer to this question depends on your study plans.General comments on the quality of the essay, outside information, and document analysis still apply, but the score is on a 9-point scale instead of the current 7-point scale, and some of the particulars will be different.Older DBQs had up to 12 documents, while the current format has six to seven documents.If you do look at older DBQ examples, I recommend using the current rubric (as of 2017) 6 "core" points and 3 additional points possible.The old rubric is integrated with the sample responses for each question, but I'll highlight some key differences between the old and current formats: The World History AP exam transitioned to a new format to more resemble AP US History and AP European History for the 2017 test.If it's six months before the exam and you plan on transforming yourself into a hard diamond of DBQ excellence, you might do practice grading on a sample set every few weeks to a month to check your progress to being able to think like an AP grader.In this case, you would probably use six to nine official sample sets.Lastly, I’ll give you some helpful tips on how to best use sample essays in your own preparation process.Some DBQ examples outside those available from the College Board might be worth looking at, particularly if they highlight how a particular essay could be improved.