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The AP Art History Exam

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 Advances in AP.

Exam Overview

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

Multiple-Choice Questions

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

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Art History Exams.

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2014: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Free-Response Questions

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2010: Free-Response Questions

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2009: Free-Response Questions

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2008: Free-Response Questions

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2007: Free-Response Questions

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2006: Free-Response Questions

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2004: Free-Response Questions

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2003: Free-Response Questions

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