Some can rely on graphics, maps, charts or other alternative evidence to determine an answer. So a good test-taking strategy is to answer every single questions – even if it is just a guess. There are often 1-2 choices that are very obviously wrong.
After reading through each of the documents, construct an essay that includes both information found in the historical documents, as well as your own prior APUSH knowledge regarding any content relevant to the topic.
AP College Board recommends taking the first 10-15 minutes to plan and outline your essay, then use the remaining time to write your well-constructed essay.
Unlike the short answer, DBQ needs a thesis, main ideas that support your thesis and specific reference to the provided historical documents.
Don’t forget to always include outside information; essays are a way to demonstrate the depth of your APUSH content knowledge and understanding.