4 Ways to Craft an Argument on the AP US History Exam

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If you're taking the AP US History Exam, you'll need to prepare for two different types of essays. One, the document-based question (DBQ), is worth 25 percent of your final score. The other, which is misleadingly called a "long" essay — it's about the same length as the DBQ — is worth 15 percent. For both, you should utilize the traditional five-paragraph structure, although if you have time, you can use more than three body paragraphs to make your argument. Also, be sure that you're answering the question the College Board actually asks, a part of which means fulfilling the requirements of the scoring rubric. Here are four ways to make the most of those paragraphs as you craft your argument.

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