Write Your Best Document-Based Question (DBQ) Essay With These Expert Tips



The document-based question, or DBQ, is a complex type of essay question that’s a big part of the AP World History, AP European History, and AP US History AP exams. The DBQ tests your ability to thoughtfully analyze and write about a variety of historical documents.


Writing a strong response to the DBQ isn’t rocket science, but I understand why many students struggle to write organized, effective essays within time constraints. If you’re taking an AP history class and are nervous about doing your best on the exam later this spring, check out these expert tips for writing your best DBQ essay.


1. Read, reread, and mark up the question.