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The AP European History Exam

Important Updates

Reminder: Review the Short-Answer Response Booklets

Review information about the short-answer response booklets with your students before exam day so they understand where to write their answers and the amount of space provided for each response. Each page of the booklet has instructions and a watermark that indicate which question should be answered there. Students must write their answers on the correct page in the booklet on exam day.

New Exam for Classroom Use

A secure 2016 AP European History Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Take a Guided Tour of AP European History

Check out this series of video overview modules for the AP European History course and exam.

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, videos of master teachers modeling key instructional strategies, and resources to help you implement these strategies in your classroom. Learn more or log in.

Exam Day 2017

Fri, May 12, 12 noon

Exam Duration

3 hours, 15 minutes

Exam Overview

The AP European History Exam measures 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 outlined in the course and exam description.

Review the Rubrics for AP Histories + Historical Thinking Skills (.pdf/555KB).

Encourage your students to visit the AP European History student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.


Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format

Section I: Part A

Multiple Choice — 55 Questions | 55 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Questions appear in sets of 2 to 5.
  • 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 (includes 15-minute reading period) | 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.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.19MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.

Teaching and Assessing AP European History features sample free-response questions and interactive scoring practice using real student responses.

Secure exams for classroom use, available on the AP Course Audit website. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.

This AP European History sample questions document (.pdf/2.1MB).

Past exam questions from the May 2015 administrations and before.

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.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.


2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Student Performance Samples, Scoring Guidelines, and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1 DBQ

Sample Responses Q1 SA

Sample Responses Q2 LEQ

Sample Responses Q2 SA

Sample Responses Q3 LEQ

Sample Responses Q3 SA

Sample Responses Q4 SA

Score Distributions

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