Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).
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.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/789KB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
Watch the Changes to the AP Human Geography Course Description video for more information about the course description updates.
The 2007 Teacher's Guide (.pdf/1.1MB) provides instructional strategies, sample syllabi, and more.
The Course Perspective provides one teacher's thoughts on teaching the course.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators
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 in to your Course Audit account.
Access online score reports for your students.
More Exam Resources
Review Exam Tips for students from a former AP Human Geography Chief Reader.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resources 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.
Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher
Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts
Feedback on your syllabus
Access to secure practice exams
Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.
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.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered
Search for an upcoming AP Human Geography workshop to register.
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 Human Geography Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP Human Geography 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 Human Geography.