AP World History

AP History AP World History

Learn to weigh evidence and interpretations as you build your knowledge of world historical processes and themes. Develop your ability to draw conclusions and use informed reasoning to present your arguments clearly and persuasively in essay format.

AP World History Course Overview (PDF)

About the Exam

The exam is three hours and 15 minutes long and includes both a 1 hour and 45 minute multiple-choice/short-answer section and a 1 hour and 30 minute free-response section. Each section has two parts.

Section I Part A: Multiple Choice — 55 questions; 55 minutes

The portion of questions covering each topic and time period is:
  • Technological and Environmental Transformations to c. 600 BCE (5%)
  • Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies c. 600 BCE to c. 600 CE (15%)
  • Regional and Interregional Interactions c. 600 CE to c. 1450 (20%)
  • Global Interactions c. 1450 to c. 1750 (20%)
  • Industrialization and Global Integration c. 1750 to c. 1900 (20%)
  • Accelerating Global Change and Realignments c. 1900 to Present (20%)
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 I Part B: Short-Answer Questions — 4 questions; 50 minutes

Section II Part A: Document-based Question — 1 question; 55 minutes (includes a reading period with a suggested time of 15 minutes)

Section II Part B: Long Essay Question — 1 question (chosen from a pair); 35 minutes

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