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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.

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. 

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. 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.

If you are using assistive technology and need help accessing these PDFs in another format, please contact us at ssd@info.collegeboard.org. Note: versions of these PDFs with enhanced accessibility will be available in the upcoming academic year.

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


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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
 Score Distributions



2011: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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 Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
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 Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Sample Responses Q6
Sample Responses Q7
Sample Responses Q8
Sample Responses Q9
Grade Distributions




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