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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.

Enroll in 2017-18 AP Mentoring

AP U.S. History teachers of all experience levels can participate in an online teacher-to-teacher support program.

Welcome, AP teachers! AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: 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.

School and district administrators: Considering AP U.S. History for your school or district? Download the course framework (pdf/1.12MB) for an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (pdf/1.4MB).

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/1.3MB) from the 2017 course and exam description reflects the updates taking effect with the May 2018 exam.

You can access secure practice exam questions by logging in to your AP 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 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.

Watch a quick video about the AP Course Audit.

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

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

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 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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