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The AP Environmental Science Exam

Important Updates

Previously Administered Exam for Classroom Use

An AP Environmental Science Exam administered in 2010 is now available through your AP Course Audit account, along with an answer key, scoring notes, and a scoring worksheet.

Exam Overview

AP Environmental Science Exam: 3 Hours

Exam questions are based on each major topic area. They are designed to cover the breadth of students knowledge and depth of understanding of environmental science.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice: 100 Questions | 90 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

  • Discrete Questions
  • Questions in sets

Section II: Free Response: 4 Questions | 90 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

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

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Environmental Science Exams.

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Free-Response Questions 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 1999-2003


2016: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

2015: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2014: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score distributions


2013: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2012: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
 Score Distributions


2011: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2010: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2009: 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


2008: 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


2007: 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


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


Important Note: PDF Files

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