Exam Day 2017
Mon, May 8, 8 a.m.
2 hours, 40 minutes
The AP Music Theory Exam evaluates students' understanding of musical structure and compositional procedures through recorded and notated examples. Listening skills are emphasized, particularly those involving recognition and comprehension of melodic and rhythmic patterns, harmonic functions, small forms, and compositional techniques. Most of the musical examples are from standard repertoire; some examples of contemporary, jazz, vernacular music, or music beyond the Western tradition are included.
The exam requires fluency in reading musical notation and a strong grounding in music fundamentals, terminology, and analysis.
Encourage your students to visit the AP Music Theory student page for exam information and exam practice.
Access online score reports for your students.
Multiple Choice — 75 Questions | ~1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 45% of Exam Score
Free Response — 9 Exercises | ~1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 55% of Exam Score
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:
The Course Description (.pdf/958KB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.
A full practice exam on AP Course Audit. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.
The Past Exam Questions page, which features free-response questions and scoring information for exams given before 2003.
The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.
Comparing AP Music Theory Subscore Grades with the Composite Grade, which provides an explanation of subscores.
And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.