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AP U.S. History Past Exam Questions

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from AP U.S. History Exams administered before the course and exam were initially redesigned in 2014-15. See also: AP U.S. History Document-Based Questions, 1973-1999 (.pdf/32.2MB)

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Looking for free-response questions and scoring information from the 2015 exam and later? Visit The AP U.S. History Exam.

Below are free-response questions from past AP United States History Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Student Performance Q&A for past administrations.

Note about "Form B" Exams

Prior to the May 2012 exam administration, for selected AP subjects, another version of the exam called "Form B" was administered outside of North, Central, and South America.

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

2014: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Student Performance Q&A

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2013: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

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2012: 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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Sample Responses Q4
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2011: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Score Distributions

2011: Form B

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Score Distributions

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
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Score Distributions

2010: Form B

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Scoring

Samples and Commentary

Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
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Sample Responses Q4
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2009: 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
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Grade Distributions

2009: 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
Sample Responses Q5

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
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Grade Distributions

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
Sample Responses Q5

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
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Grade Distributions

2007: 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
Sample Responses Q5

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
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Grade Distributions

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
Sample Responses Q5

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 Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Grade Distributions

2004: Form B

Questions Scoring Samples
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5

2003: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Grade Distributions

2003: Form B

Questions Scoring Samples
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5

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