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Updates to the Rubrics and Skills

The rubrics for the AP history document-based questions and long essays have been improved based on teacher feedback. The rubrics continue to use an analytic structure, but the definitions within that structure have been refined to be clearer and more precise. In addition, modifications to the structure of the rubric change how points are assigned during the scoring of student essays.

To align with these changes, we’ve also made minor adjustments to the language of the historical thinking skills and presented the skills and related skill proficiencies in an easier-to-read table layout.

Download the updated rubrics and historical thinking skills (.pdf/555KB).


Welcome, AP teachers! Here, you'll find resources for teaching AP European History, including engaging instructional materials, sample exam questions, and current course information.

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Online Modules: Working with Challenging Primary Sources

These free online resources offer strategies for teaching reading and writing focused on challenging primary sources:

These modules were developed for AP U.S. History teachers, but the nonfiction reading and writing strategies they explore will be useful for teachers of a variety of AP subjects.

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