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AP European History Course Home Page

Important Updates

New Resource: Teaching and Assessing AP European History

You can now access an online resource that provides sample free-response questions to use with your students, examples of how to score those samples, video modeling of key instructional strategies, and resources to help implement these strategies in your classroom. Learn more or log in.

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), and watch this narrated presentation.

Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP European History course focuses on developing students' understanding of European history from approximately 1450 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of European history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; and individual and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places.

Essential Course Resources

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.

An updated version, reflecting the updated rubrics and historical thinking skills, will be available soon.

Essential Exam Resources

The Exam Information page describes the current exam and provides access to former test questions.

The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.

You can access a full practice exam by logging into your AP Course Audit account. An updated version reflecting the new rubrics 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.

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

Professional Development

The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available 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.

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.

Course and Exam Redesign

The European History course and exam underwent a redesign in 2014. 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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