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Important Updates

2017-18 AP History Updates

Updates to the AP history courses and exams will take effect in the 2017-18 school year and are reflected in the updated course and exam description available below. These changes do not require teachers to resubmit their syllabi to the AP Course Audit or attend professional development.

Welcome, AP Teachers! AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. In AP European History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing historical evidence; contextualization; comparison; causation; change and continuity over time; and argument development. The course also provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; individual and society; and national and European identity.

School and district administrators: Considering AP European History for your school or district? Download the course framework (pdf/2MB), for an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (pdf/1.6MB).

Essential Course Resources

This is the core document for teachers of this course. It lays out the course content, describes the exam, and includes a full practice exam. For details on what's new in the 2017 edition, please see the preface.

Essential Exam Resources

The Exam Information page describes the exam and provides access to past exam questions.

This practice exam (pdf/1.6MB) from the 2017 course and exam description reflects the updates taking effect with the May 2018 exam.

You can access secure exams for classroom use by logging in to your Course Audit account. Secure exams with sample student responses reflecting the 2017-18 updates will be available soon.

Access online score reports for your students.

AP Course Audit Information

The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has resources to support syllabus development.

Watch a quick video about the AP Course Audit.

The 2017-18 AP history updates do not require previously authorized teachers to resubmit their syllabi.

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

The College Board offers professional development workshops for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.

Online professional learning resources are also available below.

Classroom Resources

The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.

The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.

The AP European History Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

2015-16 Course and Exam Redesign

The redesigned AP European History course and exam launched in 2015-16. These revisions pre-dated the updates to the AP history courses taking effect in 2017-18. Review the Overview of the Redesign, which was informed by Expert Input and a Higher Education Validation Study for European History.

College Board Store

Find AP European History publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP European History.

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