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AP Capstone Seminar Exam Page

Important Note

AP Seminar

As of 2016-17, the assessment for AP Seminar has been modified. The revised format and weights of each component are described below and in the AP Seminar Course and Exam Description for Fall 2016 (.pdf.9.73MB).

Note: The following information and resources are for AP Seminar teachers at participating AP Capstone schools. In order to offer AP Seminar, schools must apply through the AP Program to participate and teachers must attend mandatory training. For more information, visit the AP Capstone website.

Performance Tasks Due

April 30, 2017

Exam Day 2017

Thurs, May 4, 12 noon

Exam Duration

2 hours

Assessment Overview

In AP Seminar, students are assessed with two through-course performance tasks and an end-of-course exam. All three assessments are summative and will be used to calculate a final AP score (using the 1 to 5 scale) for AP Seminar.

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

Access online score reports for your students.

Assessment Format

Team Project and Presentation: 20% of AP Seminar Score
Component Scoring Method Weight
Individual research report (1,200 words) Teacher scored, College Board validated (individual score) 50% of 20%
Team multimedia presentation and defense (8 to 10 minutes, plus defense questions) Teacher scored (group score) 50% of 20%
Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation: 35% of AP Seminar Score
Component Scoring Method Weight
Individual written argument (2,000 words) Teacher scored, College Board validated 70% of 35%
Individual multimedia presentation (6 to 8 minutes) Teacher scored 20% of 35%
Oral defense (two questions from the teacher) Teacher scored 10% of 35%
End-of-Course Exam (2 Hours) | 45% of AP Seminar Score
Component Scoring Method Weight
Understanding and analyzing an argument (3 short-answer questions); suggested time: 30 minutes College Board scored 30% of 45%
Evidence-based argument essay (1 long essay); suggested time: 90 minutes College Board scored 70% of 45%

The AP Seminar Course and Exam Description includes complete information about the performance tasks.

Assessment Questions and Scoring Information

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

The AP Seminar Course and Exam Description, which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


The Student Performance Q&A, in which 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. Note that these assessments do not reflect the format of the 2017 exam.

And for past assessments from prior administrations, along with scoring information, check out the Past Through-Course and End-of-Course Assessments page.

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