|AP Art History Redesign
We're excited to announce the redesign of AP Art History, which will take effect in the 2015-16 year. To learn more about the changes and the resources we'll provide teachers in the coming transition period, visit
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AP ART HISTORY EXAM: 3 HOURS
The AP Art History Exam questions are designed to test students' knowledge of artists, schools, and movements; chronological periods and significant dates; ways in which artists influenced and were influenced by other artists, traditions, and movements; and the subjects, styles, and techniques of particular works of art. Students are also expected to apply their understanding to analyze known and unknown works of art and construct persuasive arguments based on visual and contextual evidence.
Format of Assessment
Section I: Multiple Choice | 115 Questions | 60 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score
- Part A: 5 sets of questions based on color images
- Part B: Discrete multiple-choice questions
Section II: Free Response | 8 Questions | 120 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score
- Part A: 2 long essays; one requiring examples of art beyond the European tradition
- Part B: 6 short essays based on color images and/or text
For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.
Below are free-response questions from past AP Art History Exams.
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2015: Free-Response Questions
2014: Free-Response Questions
2013: Free-Response Questions
2012: Free-Response Questions
2011: Free-Response Questions
2010: Free-Response Questions
2009: Free-Response Questions
2008: Free-Response Questions
2007: Free-Response Questions
2006: Free-Response Questions
2005: Free-Response Questions
2004: Free-Response Questions
2003: Free-Response Questions
Important Note: PDF Files
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