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- Available Lessons: 250
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Use this online course to learn about prominent events and figures that shaped U.S. history, which can help you prepare for the AP U.S. History exam. Our professional educators have developed short, engaging video lessons that include topics like the Revolutionary War, early presidential politics, the Civil War and social reform. Self-assessment quizzes, which allow you to gauge your knowledge of U.S. history, accompany each video. This course also includes tips on writing a strong essay on the exam. You can access this course online at any time that fits your schedule, and we encourage you to use the Ask the Expert feature if you have any questions about these historical concepts.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
The content of this course is closely aligned with the topics that you'll be expected to know for the AP U.S. History test. As you work through the course, you can expect to review the entirety of American history from North America's first settlements through the modern era. When you're finished with the course, you should be able to:
- Recognize early American civilizations
- Detail the eras of urbanization and industrialization in the U.S. from 1870 to 1900
- Discuss the American Civil War
- Outline the changes in the modern United States
- Provide an overview of America in the 1920s
- Pinpoint the role of American imperialism in WWI
- Describe every day life in antebellum America
- Assess world events and politics after WWII
- Describe the Reconstruction era after the Civil War
- Provide an overview of the Virginia dynasty and Jacksonian democracy
- Explain significant events of WWII
- Define westward expansion and give an overview
In this course, you'll study 190 lessons that are broken into 21 chapters. The course contains bite-sized video lessons that are taught by expert history instructors. Watch/read through the lessons at your own pace, and be sure to take the practice assessments to reinforce your understanding of essential U.S. history terms, dates and events.
AP U.S. History Exam Information
This exam will evaluate your understanding major historical figures, developments and eras in U.S. history. You'll take the exam after completing an AP U.S. History course in high school, and passing the AP exam can earn you advanced college placement/college credit.
- Number of Questions: 60
- Question Types: Multiple-choice, short answer and free response
- Time Limit: 3 hours and 15 minutes
- Exam Cost: $94
AP U.S. History Exam Breakdown
|AP U.S. History Exam Concept||Percent of the AP U.S. History Exam||Chapter Lessons|
|Period 1: 1491-1607||5%||7|
|Periods 2-5: 1607 -1877||45%||104|
|Periods 6-8: 1865-1980||45%||62|
|Period 9: 1980-Present||5%||17|
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