Prepare for that history exam

Note:  This How-To was compiled for the older History program!

Now students write the provincial exam for the new course entitled History of Quebec and Canada.  For more information visit the MEES programs links section here.   And, if you are a teacher browsing existing resources you can also check our History of Quebec and Canada page here 

In other words, this How-To and these pages will likely soon be removed, as will the "success checker" tests mentioned in the video, since those are also for the older program. 

All that being said ... many of the exam-taking strategies mentioned in this How-To remain true! 

Also, some of the documents used in our teacher tools mentioned above are actually available as organized documents for students to browse here.



Step 1

Prepare for that History exam

Prepare yourself for that big History 404 final!

Well, let's face it, preparing and studying well might just mean a bit of work, and organization. But it can be fun too!

This one is the big one. And unless summer school is your thing, this is the time to finally learn how to really study well. Set aside time, and schedule to work regularly with a partner. Or better still, create a study team and work together with friends!

Follow the following tutorial videos to find out ways you can practice and prepare for the big day in June:

  • Learn how to use Success Checker practice tests!
  • Learn about Question Types & Strategies for Success
  • Timeline the different "periods" and "themes"
  • Scan the "Progressions of Learning" docs!

Step 2

Success Checker practice tests!

What is Success Checker and how you I get to it?

Success Checker tests for history are designed according to your Quebec history course. They help you practice and review skills and knowledge you will need. View this short film to better understand what they are, and how to get there! (Note: Hit the full-screen button. Pause as needed)

As of 2013, these are the practice tests that are available via the Success Checker button, after you log in to LEARN:

In the History 404 section:

  • Culture and Currents Thought
  • Economic Development from 1500 to British Rule
  • Power Relations from First Peoples 1500 to Confederation
  • Power Relations from Confederation Onward


In the History 404 Part 2 section:

  • Economy: 1867 to the Present
  • Population and Settlement First Occupants to British Rule
  • Population and Settlement: Contemporary Period

Step 3

Question Types & Strategies for Success

Question Types: Strategies for Success

Success Checker tries to imitate exam-style questions. Many of these questions are designed to practice what we call the "Intellectual Operations", and the topics are drawn from the Progressions of Learningdocuments.

Take the time to view this film to see some of the kinds of questions you might face, and to see these "operations" in action. Included are some key strategies for doing the different types of questions you might encounter!

Step 4

Timeline the "periods" and "themes"

Timeline the different "periods" (Part 1 & 2)

It's absolutely essential that you know when things happened! That is not to say dates are everything, but you should know the four main time periods for the course. You should have a precise idea of when they started, and more importantly, why they started.

Sit back and relax, and watch the following film for ideas on how to remember the periods. (There is an intermission, so you can take a break and get popcorn too!)

Do it together, remember together!

It's one thing to watch this process passively, and to try and remember the example events shown. But it's a much better idea to get together with a group and timeline the periods over again, with your own examples! You are much more likely to remember key events and their chronology, if the process is yours and your partners'.

Step 5

Scan the "Progressions of Learning" docs!

Scan the Progressions of Learning for unfamiliar stuff!

These lists seem intimidating at first, but if you look closely at how each theme is divided up into time periods, they will quickly start to become familiar. The exam questions are based on these documents! So why not use these lists to study.

The following film takes you through the social phenomena and the progression documents, and it suggests ways you can use these documents efficiently, to study what you don't already know!