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AP World History Course Home Page

Important Updates

Reminder: Review the Short-Answer Response Booklets

Review information about the short-answer response booklets with your students before exam day so they understand where to write their answers and the amount of space provided for each response. Each page of the booklet has instructions and a watermark that indicate which question should be answered there. Students must write their answers on the correct page in the booklet on exam day.

New Exam for Classroom Use

A secure 2016 AP World History Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Example Textbook List Reviewed by Learning List

The AP World History example textbook list on the AP Course Audit website has been reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts.

Teaching and Assessing AP World History

This invaluable online professional development resource features new sample free-response questions, videos of master teachers modeling key instructional strategies for challenging skills and content, and resources to help you implement these strategies in your classroom. Log in or learn more.

AP World History Practice Exam

A full practice exam reflecting the 2016-17 revisions, along with student responses and scoring commentaries, is available from your AP Course Audit account.

Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP World History course focuses on developing students' understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six 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 between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

Essential Course Resources

AP World History Course and Exam Description (.pdf/6.39MB) — Fall 2016

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.

You can access a full practice exam reflecting the 2016-17 revisions (as well as several older practice exams) by logging in to your Course Audit account.

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

The Past Exam Questions page provides questions from the 2016 exam and before. Please note that these questions do not reflect the 2016-17 revisions.

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.

Authorized AP World History Courses

If you already have an authorized AP World History course, you won't be required to revise and resubmit your syllabus for the 2016-17 school year. More information on what you'll need to do is available on the AP Course Audit website.

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, each opportunity features innovative best practices and research-based strategies, designed to develop and deepen the skills of all education professionals.

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 World History Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

2016-17 Course and Exam Revisions

The AP World History course and exam were revised in 2016-17.

  • The FAQs address some common questions about the revisions.
  • The Key Changes page has a quick overview of what exactly changed. You can also watch this presentation about the changes.
  • Visit the Expert Input page to see which AP teachers and college professors developed the revised course and exam.
  • Learn about the validation study where college professors helped finalize the revisions.

College Board Store

Find AP World 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 World History.

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