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Some Last Minute AP World Tips

The test in next Thursday. You’re lucky, the test is one of the last. Honestly, it’s too late to read your whole textbook and learn everything. Does that matter? No. But here’s some last minute things to keep in mind. 

  • WATCH ALL OF CRASHCOURSE.  It’s an easy way to study. It helps. You learn a ton. It’s a life saver. It’s how I got a four. My teacher didn’t teach so John Green taught me instead. 
  • Freak out now. Realize you know nothing and cry and breakdown. Do it now. Get it out of your system. The day of the test, you shouldn’t be crying. 
  • For god’s sake, start studying now. It seems early. It feels like you have time. From personal experience, my friends and I started studying the Monday of the week of the test. We all said we should have started studying the week before. Trust me, start studying now. 
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE TEST- Relax. You will want to cram. Don’t. I felt sick from stress the day before so I took a nap outside and didn’t study. I felt great. 
  • The day of the test, some of my friends did last minute cramming. I just laughed hysterically and couldn’t sit still. Some people were honestly calm. 
  • Basically what I learned was that on the day of the test, don’t freak out, don’t cram. Just stay calm and focused and it’s like going into a big game if you’ve ever played sports. Be happy, focused, calm, excited. Don’t go in not caring but also don’t be sick with stress. Try for that balance. 
  • The test looks hard because there’s so much history oh my god it’s overwhelming(all AP history classes look like that). But it’s not as bad as it looks. Just take it one question at a time. When you look at your essay prompts, just take a deep breath. 
  • You know more than you think you do. Trust yourself. 
  • If you don’t know anything, guess, make something up
  • If the essay is about Asia or Africa and you are stuck, think about what you know about Europe in that time period. It will help. Is it before imperialism? Is the United States a world power? You can draw conclusions from that. Remember, since the test is more about a flow of ideas and events, about the interaction, you can use what you know of other places to help. 
  • Bring a black pen with you. 
  • It’s seriously easier than it looks
  • If you know you have no clue about a multiple choice question, don’t waste time thinking too hard. Just move on, save time. There are some you can figure out with logic. Use your time on them. 
  • Seriously, just relax. You’re gonna be fine. You’re going to be okay. 
  • Know you’re not alone. Look around you and realize everyone else is as screwed as you are. It doesn’t help but it’s fun to see how everyone deals with it. 
  • And just keep studying. 

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