What is a good AP US History score?
If you score a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam, that is generally considered a good score. The College Board denotes a 3 as ‘qualified, 4 as ‘well qualified,’ and a 5 as ‘extremely well qualified.’ Many colleges and universities will offer you college credits for scoring in these ranges. You can find out the AP credit policy for schools you’re interested in applying to by going here.
When thinking about how you scored on your AP US History exam, you should consider it within the context of the exam. For AP US History in 2016, 52.30% of test takers received a passing score (3+). You can reference the 2016 student score distributions here.
What is the average AP US History score?
Every year, the average AP US history score changes. This is due to a number of factors such as a revised exam (which was the case for AP US History in Fall 2014) and a different student population to calculate scores from. Generally speaking, the College Board aims to maintain a consistent distribution for each subject. One of the best ways to think about the average AP US History score is to consider a multi-year trend. For example, referencing the AP Student Score Distributions released by the College Board, the mean AP US History score was 2.76 in 2014, 2.64 in 2015, 2.70 in 2016 and 2.65 in 2017. Taking the raw average of these three years, you should think of the average AP US History being 2.68.
Why are AP US History scores curved?
The College Board curves AP exams every year in order to maintain a certain standard and level of consistency; AP US History is no exception. AP courses are inherently college-level classes, and thus the scoring guidelines are reflected to account for the rigor of these courses.
How do I get a 5 on AP US History?
Great question! Unfortunately, there isn’t a secret to scoring a 5 on AP US History aside from a combination of applied learning, great study habits, and deliberate practice. History exams from the College Board now emphasize a great deal of Historical Thinking Skills. This means you must be able to demonstrate how to chronologically reason, compare and contextualize, craft historical arguments from historical evidence, and synthesize from different disciplines.
We have written tons of free review articles and study guides for AP US History. Here are a few that we recommend for you to read today:
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Why should I use this AP US History score calculator?
Albert’s AP US History score calculator uses the official scoring worksheets of previously released exams by the College Board, making our score calculators the most accurate and up-to-date. If you’d like to reference and confirm the scoring calculations for yourself, check out how we predict your scores by going here. Score calculators are a great way to motivate you when you’re studying for your AP exams. Gaining a strong understanding of how many multiple-choice questions and free response points you’ll need to score a 3, 4, or 5 can play a big role in not stressing on exam day.
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