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Want to improve your LEQs? Practice makes perfect! Well, in this case, graded practice makes perfect. Practicing long essays questions is good, but in order to improve, you'll need to have a score/feedback for them. The great thing is the college board posts former exam questions with scoring guides, so you can score your own essays!
However, I wouldn't do a lot of LEQs where only you grade them, because you will always be biased. Practicing LEQs with a study group and grading and discussing each others' essays will give you the best feedback. If you aren't able to do that however, practicing LEQs on your own is a great way to review content and prepare for the exam, especially if you don't have any in-class practice tests. Here's how to practice, score, and improve your LEQs.
1) Find the College Board's Scoring guideline and prompts for LEQs
- Here are LEQ prompts and their scoring guides from past APUSH exams
2) Time yourself writing the Long Essay Question
- Give yourself 40 minutes to do 1
- Use a pen while writing because the exam will require you to do so
3) Use the scoring guide and rubric
- Scroll down to find what answers will get you the points for each part of the rubric. Using this you'll be able to give yourself a score, know which part of the rubric you need to work on, and what content you'll need to review.
- To get a better feel of scores and what graders are looking for, here are student example essays with their actual exam scores
Remember practicing, scoring, and discussing LEQs with others is the best way to improve, so find some friends and start writing! Studying is also more fun this way too :)
Good luck studying and don't worry! LEQs take practice to master, but you can do it! With a little practice, you'll have this down and will pass the exam 😊💪🇺🇸