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The AP Environmental Science Exam

Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use

A secure 2016 AP Environmental Science 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.

Exam Day 2017

Mon, May 1, 8 a.m.

Exam Duration

3 hours

Exam Overview

AP Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. Exam questions are based on each major topic area outlined in the course description. They are designed to cover the breadth of students' knowledge and depth of understanding of environmental science. Thought-provoking problems and questions based on fundamental ideas from environmental science are included along with questions based on the recall of basic facts and major concepts.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Environmental Science student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Policies

Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 100 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

  • Individual questions
  • Questions in sets

Section II

Free Response — 4 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Data Set (1 question)
  • Document-Based Question (1 question)
  • Synthesis and Evaluation (2 questions)


Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course and Exam Description (.pdf/529KB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


Secure exams for classroom use, available on the AP Course Audit website. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.


The Past Exam Questions page, which features free-response questions and scoring information for exams given before 2003.


The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

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2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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Sample Responses Q3

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2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Grade Distributions

2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses

Grade Distributions

2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Response Q1

Sample Response Q2

Sample Response Q3

Sample Response Q4

Grade Distributions

2003: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Response Q1

Sample Response Q2

Sample Response Q3

Sample Response Q4

Grade Distributions

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