Once you've worked on some of those rubric skills you're weaker in, such as evaluating a good thesis or identifying document groups, grade another sample set.
This way, you can see how your ability to grade the essays like an AP grader Obviously, grading sample exams is a much more difficult process if you're looking at examples in an old format (e.g., AP European History or AP World History samples).
For a short time frame, expect to use somewhere in the range of three to four range official sample sets.
Either way, you should be integrating your sample essay grading with skills practice and doing some practice DBQ writing of your own.
In this section, I'll give you some tips on how to use example DBQs in your own prep, including when to start using them and how many you should plan to review.
Official sample essay sets are a great way to test how well you understand the rubric.If it's six months before the exam and you plan on transforming yourself into a hard diamond of DBQ excellence, you might do practice grading on a sample set every few weeks to a month to check your progress to being able to think like an AP grader.In this case, you would probably use six to nine official sample sets.General comments on the quality of the essay, outside information, and document analysis still apply, but the score is on a 9-point scale instead of the current 7-point scale, and some of the particulars will be different.Older DBQs had up to 12 documents, while the current format has six to seven documents.Having multiple sets of eyes will help you see if the scores you're giving are reasonable, since you won’t have an official 7-point College Board score for comparison.The answer to this question depends on your study plans.This means that there are only two past exams available that use the current DBQ format: 7 "core" points and 2 additional points possible.The old rubric is integrated with the sample responses for each question, but I’ll highlight some key differences between the old and current formats: Now that you have all these examples, what should you do with them?This is why I recommend that you grade a sample set early on in your study process—maybe even before you've written a practice DBQ.Then, when you compare the scores gave to the official scores and scoring notes given to the samples, you'll have a better idea of what parts of the rubric you don't really understand.