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Princeton Review AP European History Prep, 2021: 3 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Strategies & Techniques

Princeton Review AP European History Prep, 2021: 3 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Strategies & Techniques PDF

Author: The Princeton Review

Publisher: Princeton Review


Publish Date: August 4, 2020

ISBN-10: 0525569561

Pages: 464

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Using This Book to Improve Your AP Score


Welcome to AP European History Prep, 2021 Edition. Your route to a high score on the AP European History Exam depends a lot on how you plan to use this book. Start thinking about your plan by responding to the following questions.

1. What is your level of confidence about your knowledge of the content tested by the AP European History Exam?

A. Very confident—I know it all

B. I’m pretty confident, but there are topics for which I could use help

C. Not confident—I need quite a bit of support

D. I’m not sure

2. If you have a goal score in mind, choose your goal score for the AP European History Exam.

5 4 3 2 1 I’m not sure yet

3. What do you expect to learn from this book? Choose all that apply to you.

A. A general overview of the test and what to expect

B. Strategies for how to approach the test

C. The content tested by this exam

D. I’m not sure yet


This book is organized to provide as much—or as little—support as you need, so you can use it in whatever way will be most helpful to improving your score on the AP European History Exam.

  • The remainder of Part I will provide guidance on how to use this book and help you determine your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Part II of this book contains Practice Test 1 and its answers and explanations. (Bubble sheets can be found in the very back of the book for easy tear-out.) We strongly recommend that you take this test before going any further in order to realistically determine:

    • your starting point right now

    • which question types you’re ready for and which you might need to practice

    • which content topics you are familiar with and which you should carefully review

    Once you have nailed down your strengths and weaknesses with regard to this exam, you can focus your test preparation, build a study plan, and be efficient with your time.

  • Part III of this book will:

    • provide information about the structure, scoring, and content of the AP European History Exam

    • help you to make a study plan

    • point you toward additional resources

  • Part IV of this book will explore various strategies:

    • how to attack multiple-choice questions

    • how to write effective essays for document-based (DBQs) and thematic essay questions

    • how to manage your time to maximize the number of points available to you

  • Part V of this book covers the content you need for the AP European History Exam.

  • Part VI of this book contains Practice Tests 2 and 3 and their answers and explanations. (Bubble sheets can be found in the very back of the book for easy tear-out.) If you skipped Practice Test 1, we recommend that you take the tests (with at least a day or two between them) so that you can compare your progress from one to the next. Additionally, this will help to identify any external issues: If you get a certain type of question wrong each time, you probably need to review it. If you got it wrong only once, you may have run out of time or been distracted by something. In either case, this will allow you to focus on the factors that caused the discrepancy in scores and to be as prepared as possible on the day of the test.

You may choose to use some parts of this book over others or you may work through the entire book. Your approach will depend on your needs and how much time you have. Let’s now look at how to make this determination.


1. Take Practice Test 1

Before you can decide how to use this book, you need to take a practice test. Doing so will give you insight into your strengths and weaknesses, and the test will also help you make an effective study plan. If you’re feeling test-phobic, remind yourself that a practice test is a tool for diagnosing yourself—it’s not how well you do that matters but how you use information gleaned from your performance to guide your preparation.

So, before you read further, take Practice Test 1 starting at this page of this book. Be sure to do so in one sitting, following the instructions that appear before the test.

2. Check Your Answers

Using the answers/explanations that start on this page, count the number of questions you got right and how many you missed. Don’t worry about the explanations for now, and don’t worry about why you missed questions. We’ll get to that soon.

3. Reflect on the Test

After you take your first test, respond to the following questions:

  • How much time did you spend on the multiple-choice questions?

  • How much time did you spend on each essay?

  • How many multiple-choice questions did you miss?

  • Do you feel you had the knowledge to address the subject matter of the short-answer questions and essays?

  • Do you feel you wrote well-organized, thoughtful short-answer responses and essays?

4. Read Part III of this Book and Complete the Self-Evaluation

Part III will provide information on how the test is structured and scored. It will also set out areas of content that are tested.

As you read Part III, reevaluate your answers to the questions above. At the end of Part III, you will revisit and refine the questions you answered above. You will then be able to make a study plan, based on your needs and time available, that will allow you to use this book most effectively.

5. Engage with Parts IV and V as Needed

Notice the word engage. You’ll get more out of this book if you use it intentionally than if you read it passively, hoping for an improved score through osmosis.

Strategy chapters in Part IV will help you think about your approach to the question types on this exam. This part opens with a reminder to think about how you approach questions now and then closes with a reflection section asking you to think about how/whether you will change your approach in the future.

Content chapters in Part V are designed to provide a review of the content tested on the AP European History Exam, including the level of detail you need to know and how the content is tested. You will have the opportunity to assess your mastery of the content of each chapter through test-appropriate questions and a reflection section.

6. Take Practice Test 2 and Assess Your Performance

Once you feel you have developed the strategies you need and gained the knowledge you lacked, you should take Practice Test 2, which starts at this page of this book. You should do so in one sitting, following the instructions at the beginning of the test.

When you have taken the test, check your answers to the multiple-choice sections. See if a teacher will read your essays and provide feedback.

Once you have checked your answers, reflect on what areas you still need to work on and revisit the chapters in this book that address those deficiencies. Once you feel confident, take Practice Test 3, and repeat the process. Through this type of reflection and engagement, you will continue to improve.

7. Keep Working

As we’ll discuss in Part III, there are other resources available to you, including a wealth of information at AP Students, which is the AP section of the College Board’s website. You can continue to explore areas that can stand improvement and engage in those areas right up to the day of the test. For updates and information on the AP European History Exam, as well as free practice, check out its home page:



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Part I: Using This Book to Improve Your AP Score

Preview: Your Knowledge, Your Expectations

Your Guide to Using This Book

How to Begin

Part II: Practice Test 1

Practice Test 1

Practice Test 1: Answers and Explanations

Part III: About the AP European History Exam

The Structure of the AP European History Exam

How the AP European History Exam Is Scored

Overview of Content Topics

How AP Exams Are Used

Other Resources

Designing Your Study Plan

Part IV: Test-Taking Strategies for the AP European History Exam


1 How to Approach Multiple-Choice Questions

2 How to Approach Short Answers and Essays

3 Using Time Effectively to Maximize Points


Part V: Content Review for the AP European History Exam

4 Period 1: The Renaissance to the Wars of Religion: c. 1450–c. 1648

5 Period 2: Monarchical States to Napoleon: c. 1648–c. 1815

6 Period 3: Age of Revolutions to World War I: c. 1815–c. 1914

7 Period 4: Global Wars to Globalization: c. 1914–Present

8 Chapter Review Questions: Answers and Explanations

Part VI: Additional Practice Tests

Practice Test 2

Practice Test 2: Answers and Explanations

Practice Test 3

Practice Test 3: Answers and Explanations

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