The Ultimate AP Human Geography Guide & Official Past-Year Papers with MCQ

by SAT GrandMaster on April 03, 2021

Content Difficulty

AP Human Geography is more of a science subject than an arts subject. Compared to history, the requirements for reading and writing of candidates will be relatively lower. If you have accumulated knowledge from US History or World History, it will be even easier to learn Human Geography.


Content Coverage

The AP Human Geography includes 7 themes such as cultural development models, political models and development progress, agriculture and land use, urban development. It involves not only the political, historical, cultural and economic factors of human social structure, but also the role and reaction of the geographical environment. The seven themes do not exist in isolation, but are closely related to each other.

We need to develop a deep understanding of the relationship between the exhibition mode and the geographical environment. Candidates need to memorise proper nouns and phenomena, and also need to analyse and explain with examples of the specific phenomenon.

Compared with historical subjects such as AP US History and World History, Human Geography has a different understanding of history and the development of human society.


Should You Take AP Human Geography?

The five-point rate of Human Geography is around 10% to 12%, which is similar to AP US History. However, the good thing about Human Geography is that there's no long essay, therefor it has a lower requirements for writing skills.


Exam Format (from 2021 onwards)

Section I: Multiple Choice
60 Questions I 1 Hour I 50% of Exam Score
There will now be increased emphasis on analysing quantitative and qualitative sources in both individual and set-based multiple-choice questions:
• 5-8 sets will each include 2-3 questions with a quantitative or qualitative source.
• Al least 1 of these sets will include a paired set of sources.

Section II: Free Response
3 Questions 1 Hour 15 Minutes 50% of Exam Score

• Task and stimulus types will stay consistent from year to year, with the following focus for each of the three questions:
1. Describe, explain, apply geographic situation or scenario (no stimulus)
2. Describe, explain, apply geographic data using data, image, or map (one quantitative or qualitative source)
3. Describe, explain, apply geographic data using data, image, and/or map (two sources, qualitative and/or quantitative)
• Each free-response question will now be worth 7 points.


Score Distribution


Test Prep Strategy


Recommended Study Guides

-McGraw Hill
-McGraw Hill Glencoe Exploring our world:
-Kaplan 2015
-5 Steps to 5 2020
-5 Steps to 5 500 questions


Collection of Official Papers with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

  1. AP Human Geography 2001 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Question
  2. AP Human Geography 2006 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  3. AP Human Geography 2016 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  4. AP Human Geography 2019 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  5. AP Human Geography Practice Exam with Multiple-Choice Questions
  6. AP Human Geography Practice Exam 2 with Multiple-Choice Questions


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