|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
Section 1, Part A includes five sets of multiple-choice questions based on an image or a pair of images presented as a full-color printed insert. Students have 20 minutes to answer the five sets of questions in Part A, with a suggested time of four minutes per set. Section 1, Part B includes discrete multiple choice questions; the total number varies from year to year for a sum of 115 multiple-choice questions in Section 1 and 2 combined. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II, the essay component of the exam, consists of eight free-response questions. One free-response question requires students to incorporate a work of art from beyond the European tradition. Essay questions may require students to compare two works of art.
For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.
AP Art History Course Description, Effective Fall 2012 (.pdf/1.5M)
Below are free-response questions from past AP Art History Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Student Performance Q&A for past administrations.
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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
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