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AP United States History Course Home Page

Important Updates

Take a Guided Tour of AP U.S. History

Check out this series of video overview modules for the AP U.S. History course and exam.

Welcome, AP teachers! The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and the development of students abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present. Seven themes of equal importance — American and National Identity; Migration and Settlement; Politics and Power; Work, Exchange, and Technology; America in the World; Geography and the Environment; and Culture and Society — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places. The course also allows teachers flexibility across nine different periods of U.S. history to teach topics of their choice in depth.

Essential Course Resources

AP U.S. History Course and Exam Description (PDF/2.33MB) — Fall 2015

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP Program in general.

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 secure practice exam questions by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.

This publicly available practice exam (.pdf/8.4MB) also demonstrates what to expect on the exam.

For a video overview of the exam, watch part 3 of the Course Overview Modules for AP U.S. History Teachers.

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 for AP courses. 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 U.S. History student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

Have your students visit the AP U.S. History Study Guide, an interactive, mobile-friendly resource from the Gilder Lehrman Institute featuring videos, timelines, primary source documents, and practical tips for students on preparing for the exam.

College Board Store

Find AP U.S. 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 page features information on recruitment and admission, financial aid, 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 U.S. History.

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