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The AP Human Geography Exam

Exam Overview

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY EXAM: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES

The AP Human Geography Exam requires students to explain and apply key and supporting geographical concepts. The exam employs multiple-choice questions and free-response questions based on components of the seven major curriculum topics. Students must be able to define, explain, and apply geographical concepts and interpret geographical data.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice | 75 Questions | 60 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Define, explain, and apply geographic concepts
  • Interpret geographic data

Section II: Free Response | 3 Questions | 75 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Questions may require that students:
    • Synthesize different topical areas
    • Analyze and evaluate geographical concepts
    • Supply appropriately selected and well-explained real-world examples to illustrate geographic concepts
    • Interpret verbal descriptions, maps, graphs, photographs, and/or diagrams
    • Formulate responses in narrative form

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

Free-Response Questions

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2007: Free-Response Questions
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