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Important Updates

The AP Human Geography Course Description (.pdf/1.5MB) has been updated to provide more detailed information about the course and exam. You'll find all of the elements of the previous Course Description in the new document — we've just provided more explicit information about what students should learn in the course, what you'll need to teach, and strategies for instruction and classroom assessment. For details, watch this video about the changes to the course.

The AP Human Geography course and exam — including the curricular requirements and exam format — have not changed. If your course is currently authorized through the AP Course Audit, you will not be required to revise or resubmit your syllabus.

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

AP Human Geography Course Description (PDF/1.5MB)
— June 2015

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and 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 a full practice exam by logging in to your Course Audit account.

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 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.

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 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.

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