Writing the SAQ is more straightforward than you think.
More SAQ Resources:
- All past SAQ prompts from AP World, APUSH, & AP Euro
- Replays on SAQ practice in Fiveable+ 👉 Join here
Here are some quick tips:
- You must write 3 SAQs in 40 minutes.
- Question 1 and 2 are required. You can choose between question 3 & 4, which will be about different time periods.
- SAQs may or may not include stimuli, similar to the multiple-choice. If there is a source attached,responses should refer specifically to the document in their response.
- Each SAQ is worth 3 points, for a total of 9 points in this section.
- Points are only awarded, not taken away, so there is no penalty for guessing. There is no rubric. You either correctly answer the question and earn a point or answered incorrectly and do not earn the point. This is called binary scoring. It's 1 point or 0 points.
- SAQ answers are constricted to one box on one page, so they must be concise. These are not meant to be essays!
How to organize your response:
Each short answer question will have parts A, B, and C. Each part is worth 1 point. Here's how to set up your response to earn the point:
You would answer part A in 3 sentences (or less if you combine these sentences). This method is called ACE.
Sentence #1 = ANSWER: Restate the question and provide an answer. Ex: One way ___ and ___ were similar is that ____.
Sentence #2 = CITE AN EXAMPLE: Give a piece of evidence to prove your answer. Ex: For example, ______.
Sentence #3 = EXPLAIN: Explain your evidence / sum up your answer. Ex: Because ____, _____.