Note: The following information and resources are for teachers at participating schools who will begin teaching AP Research in fall 2015. In order to offer AP Research, schools must apply through the AP Program to participate in AP Capstone, and they must first offer AP Seminar. In addition, teachers attend mandatory training. For more information, visit the AP Capstone section of Advances in AP.
Welcome, AP Teachers! AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.
In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000-5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and AP Program in general.
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The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/980KB) provides a succinct description of the course.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
The 2016-17 AP Capstone Implementation Guide is the primary source of information for implementing the program in your school. It includes details about the AP Course Audit process, your role during the completion of performance tasks, and the scoring of student work.
Visit AP Capstone Policies for detailed information about Capstone program policies.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
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Learn about the AP Capstone Digital Portfolio.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements. 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.
Professional development is required for all AP Seminar and AP Research instructors. Teachers must complete curricular training prior to the first year of teaching each course. In addition, teachers must complete assessment scoring training during the first year of teaching each course.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The AP Research Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
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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.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Research.