1. Determine the type, purpose, and audience of your paper.
2. Ask a question, then make the answer your thesis statement.
3. Take a stance, then ensure that it is provable.
4. State it in two parts: a clear topic and a brief summary of what you will say.
5. Limit the thesis to one or two sentences.
The APUSH exam went under a major redesign for 2015. The free-response portion now only contains one DBQ and one LEQ (from a choice of two).