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The AP European History Exam

Updated CED and Practice Exam

The AP European History Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.7MB) has been corrected to fix a formatting error on pages 103-105. The Roman numerals for the three supporting concepts to Key Concept 3.6 were incorrect, but this did not affect any of the content. The CED was also updated in December to reflect recent changes to the AP history rubrics and skills and to feature an easier-to-use format and updated scoring information.

The practice exam available through your AP Course Audit account has also been updated, and features detailed scoring notes reflecting the recent rubric changes. Remember to download your practice exam by Jan. 31, as your AP Course Audit account will be unavailable during the month of February for annual site maintenance.

To learn more about the rubric and skill changes, download the updated rubrics and skills (.pdf/555KB), and watch this presentation.

New Resource: Teaching and Assessing AP European History

This online resource features sample free-response questions to use with your students, examples of how to score those samples, video modeling of key instructional strategies, and resources to help implement these strategies in your classroom. Learn more or log in.

Exam Overview (for the 2016 Exam and beyond)

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY EXAM: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

The AP Exam questions measure students' knowledge of European history and their ability to think historically. Questions are based on key and supporting concepts, course themes, and historical thinking skills.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Part A Multiple Choice | 55 Questions | 55 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Questions appear in sets of 35.
  • Students analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
  • Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.

Section I: Part B Short Answer | 4 Questions | 50 Minutes | 20% of Exam Score

  • Questions provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know best.
  • Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps.

Section II: Part A Document Based | 1 Question | 55 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Analyze and synthesize historical data.
  • Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.

Section II: Part B Long Essay | 1 Question | 35 Minutes | 15% of Exam Score

  • Students select one question among two.
  • Explain and analyze significant issues in European history.
  • Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence.

Sample Exam Questions

For sample exam questions, refer to the AP European History Course and Exam Description. You can also access a full practice exam by logging into your AP Course Audit account. These documents have both been updated to reflect the changes to the rubrics and skills.

Updated student samples for each free-response question on the practice exam, with commentaries reflecting the updated rubrics and skills, will be available in March 2016.

An additional set of sample exam questions, originally published in the fall 2013 curriculum framework, is available in Sample Questions: AP European History Exam (.pdf/1.95MB). This document was updated in fall 2015 to reflect the updated historical thinking skills.

To learn more about the changes, download the updated rubrics and skills (.pdf/555KB), and watch this presentation.

Past Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP European History Exams.

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Free-Response Questions 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 1999-2003


2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
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2011: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
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2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
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2010: Form B

Questions

Scoring

Samples and Commentary

Score Distributions

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Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
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2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
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Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

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2009: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions 

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
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2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
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2008: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
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2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
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2007: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
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Sample Responses Q7


2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
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2006: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
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Sample Responses Q7


2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Grade Distributions


2005: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses


2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Response Q1
Sample Response Q2
Sample Response Q3
Sample Response Q4
Sample Response Q5
Sample Response Q6
Sample Response Q7
Grade Distributions


2004: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Response Q1
Sample Response Q2
Sample Response Q3
Sample Response Q4
Sample Response Q5
Sample Response Q6
Sample Response Q7
 


2003: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Response Q1
Sample Response Q2
Sample Response Q3
Sample Response Q4
Sample Response Q5
Sample Response Q6
Sample Response Q7
Grade Distributions


2003: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Response Q1
Sample Response Q2
Sample Response Q3
Sample Response Q4
Sample Response Q5
Sample Response Q6
Sample Response Q7
 


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