You need to work on recognizing what constitutes historical context according to the AP.
Check out my tips on building specific rubric-based skills in my guide on how to write a DBQ.
Toward the end of your study time, you could even integrate DBQ writing practice with sample grading.
Read and complete a timed prompt and then grade the sample set for that prompt, including yours!
If you do look at older DBQ examples, I recommend using the current rubric (as of 2017) 6 "core" points and 3 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: The World History AP exam transitioned to a new format to more resemble AP US History and AP European History for the 2017 test.Lastly, I’ll give you some helpful tips on how to best use sample essays in your own preparation process.Some DBQ examples outside those available from the College Board might be worth looking at, particularly if they highlight how a particular essay could be improved.Because of the test redesign in 2015, there are right now only four official College Board sets of sample essays that use the current rubric: To look at these, click "Free-Response Questions" for a given year.For the corresponding DBQ examples and scoring guidelines, click "Sample Responses Q1." Note that these examples use the old rubric (which is integrated into the Scoring Guidelines for a given free-response section).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.If, on the other hand, the exam is in a month and you are just trying to get in some skill-polishing, you might do a sample set every week to 10 days.It makes sense to check your skills more often when you have less time to study because you want to be sure that you are focusing your time on the skills that need the most work.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?