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AP US History

Admission Requirements

Since AP courses are designed to be more difficult than regular secondary school courses under the BC curriculum, students must satisfy our minimum criteria in order to take AP courses at Giraffe Learning Centre. Students must submit their school transcripts for our review and assessment prior to the permission of their registration.

 

Why Giraffe?

  1. We have Award Winning Instructors teaching our AP courses.
  2. We offer small classes, with a maximum number of 4 students per class. If you prefer private sessions, please contact us for details.
  3. Students participating in our AP courses can attend a one-month seminar style review session prior to their examination date. For this particular month, they can drop in anytime during our hours of operation for academic support of their corresponding AP courses. 
  4. For each AP course, we offer students at least 5 mock examination sets and at least 6 past examination sets with academic support when necessary.
  5. We will arrange at least 2 mock tests, each with the same setup as real exams, for our students. We will assess their mock test results and offer suggestions on exam strategies.
  6. Students can participate in AP Exam Preparation

 

Course Introduction

The AP U.S. History exam lasts 3 hours and 15 minutes and consists of two sections; additionally, each section is divided into two parts. Section I, part A includes 55 multiple choice questions with each question containing four choices. The multiple choice questions cover American History from just before European contact with Native Americans to the present day. Moreover, section I, part B includes three short-answer questions. The first two questions are required, but students choose between the third and fourth questions. In total, students are given 95 minutes (55 for the multiple choice section and 40 for three short-answer questions) to complete section I.

Section II of the exam is the free-response section, in which examinees write two essays. Section II, part A, is a document-based question (DBQ), which provides an essay prompt and seven short primary sources or excerpts related to the prompt. Students are expected to write an essay responding to the prompt in which they utilize the sources in addition to outside information. Section II, part B, provides three thematic essay prompts. Students must respond to only one of the three essay prompts.

Each long essay question on the AP exam may address any one of three possible historical reasoning processes: patterns of continuity and change, comparison, or causation. Each of the essay questions will address the same historical reasoning process. There is a fifteen-minute reading period for students to read the essay prompts, take notes, and brainstorm, but students may begin to write the essays before this period ends. Students will then have 85 minutes to write the two essays; 45 minutes are recommended for the DBQ and 40 minutes for the long essay, but students are free to work on the two essays as they see fit.

In May 2011, the AP U.S. History Test was taken by 402,947 students worldwide, making it second in terms of number of examinees, behind the AP English Language and Composition exam.

 

The Giraffe AP Learning Method

Our Giraffe Learning Method combines active reading, active teaching, and in-class training. 

Active reading – At the beginning of each lesson, our instructors specify the target learning outcomes of that class. Students will actively read through course handouts according to our instructions. They will also try to answer questions related to corresponding learning outcomes.

Active teaching – During the active reading stage, our instructors observe the progress of  students in order to find their personal weakness and problems in their understanding. We will guide students through these difficulties so that they can achieve their learning outcomes.

In-class training – We will provide in-class exercises for students to practice with the new knowledge learned at each class. We will help them with their independent thinking and will provide them strategies on personal improvements.

 

Is this AP Course the right one for me? When should I take this course?

Giraffe Learning offers services on Secondary School Planning and University Admission Counselling. We will answer these questions only to those students who are currently in the counselling programs. 

AP US History

Admission Requirements

Since AP courses are designed to be more difficult than regular secondary school courses under the BC curriculum, students must satisfy our minimum criteria in order to take AP courses at Giraffe Learning Centre. Students must submit their school transcripts for our review and assessment prior to the permission of their registration.

 

Why Giraffe?

  1. We have Award Winning Instructors teaching our AP courses.
  2. We offer small classes, with a maximum number of 4 students per class. If you prefer private sessions, please contact us for details.
  3. Students participating in our AP courses can attend a one-month seminar style review session prior to their examination date. For this particular month, they can drop in anytime during our hours of operation for academic support of their corresponding AP courses. 
  4. For each AP course, we offer students at least 5 mock examination sets and at least 6 past examination sets with academic support when necessary.
  5. We will arrange at least 2 mock tests, each with the same setup as real exams, for our students. We will assess their mock test results and offer suggestions on exam strategies.
  6. Students can participate in AP Exam Preparation

 

Course Introduction

The AP U.S. History exam lasts 3 hours and 15 minutes and consists of two sections; additionally, each section is divided into two parts. Section I, part A includes 55 multiple choice questions with each question containing four choices. The multiple choice questions cover American History from just before European contact with Native Americans to the present day. Moreover, section I, part B includes three short-answer questions. The first two questions are required, but students choose between the third and fourth questions. In total, students are given 95 minutes (55 for the multiple choice section and 40 for three short-answer questions) to complete section I.

Section II of the exam is the free-response section, in which examinees write two essays. Section II, part A, is a document-based question (DBQ), which provides an essay prompt and seven short primary sources or excerpts related to the prompt. Students are expected to write an essay responding to the prompt in which they utilize the sources in addition to outside information. Section II, part B, provides three thematic essay prompts. Students must respond to only one of the three essay prompts.

Each long essay question on the AP exam may address any one of three possible historical reasoning processes: patterns of continuity and change, comparison, or causation. Each of the essay questions will address the same historical reasoning process. There is a fifteen-minute reading period for students to read the essay prompts, take notes, and brainstorm, but students may begin to write the essays before this period ends. Students will then have 85 minutes to write the two essays; 45 minutes are recommended for the DBQ and 40 minutes for the long essay, but students are free to work on the two essays as they see fit.

In May 2011, the AP U.S. History Test was taken by 402,947 students worldwide, making it second in terms of number of examinees, behind the AP English Language and Composition exam.

 

The Giraffe AP Learning Method

Our Giraffe Learning Method combines active reading, active teaching, and in-class training. 

Active reading – At the beginning of each lesson, our instructors specify the target learning outcomes of that class. Students will actively read through course handouts according to our instructions. They will also try to answer questions related to corresponding learning outcomes.

Active teaching – During the active reading stage, our instructors observe the progress of  students in order to find their personal weakness and problems in their understanding. We will guide students through these difficulties so that they can achieve their learning outcomes.

In-class training – We will provide in-class exercises for students to practice with the new knowledge learned at each class. We will help them with their independent thinking and will provide them strategies on personal improvements.

 

Is this AP Course the right one for me? When should I take this course?

Giraffe Learning offers services on Secondary School Planning and University Admission Counselling. We will answer these questions only to those students who are currently in the counselling programs. 

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