2021 Exam Information
AP Exams will cover the full content in each course, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit and placement.
Given the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year, some students may feel unsure about taking AP Exams in May. So that students feel comfortable registering by the fall deadline, this year there will be no fees whatsoever if a student decides not to test or to cancel their exams. Every AP student should keep their options open by registering for the exam on time because there will still be a $40 fee for late orders.
2020-21 Portfolio Registration on AP Classroom
Students will use AP Classroom to register their portfolios. They’ll need to complete a simple, five-minute digital activation at the beginning of the school year in order to submit a portfolio exam.
In May, students submit their 2-D portfolios. For more in-depth information on course content and skills, download the AP Art and Design Course and Exam Description (CED). For details on how student work will be assessed on the portfolios, download the rubrics.
Encourage your students to visit the AP 2-D Art and Design student page for portfolio information and portfolio samples.
- THU, MAY 20, 2021, 11:59 PM ET
AP 2-D Art and Design Portfolio Submission Deadline
The AP Art and Design portfolios each consist of two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works.
Sustained Investigation—Section 1
15 digital images; some may be details or process images | 60% of portfolio score
Students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:
- 15 digital images that include works of art and design and process documentation.
- Typed responses to prompts, providing information about the questions that guided their investigation and how they practiced, experimented, and revised, guided by their questions.
Selected Works—Section 2
5 works | 40% of portfolio score
In the 2020-21 school year, there will be no physical portfolios. Students will submit digital images of their work and commentary online to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:
- 5 digital images of works with commentary identifying the materials, processes, and ideas used.
- Works may come from the Sustained Investigation section, but they do not have to.
The portfolio sample packets below are aligned with the current course and portfolio exam. The sample student art and writing collected here represent a range of media and processes, as well as a range of scores. Each sample is accompanied by detailed scoring commentary walking you through the scoring process and explaining how the rubrics were applied.
2-D Selected Works Samples and Scoring Commentaries
Sample student artwork for the Selected Works section, with scoring commentaries explaining how they were scored according to the 2020 portfolio rubrics.
2-D Sustained Investigation Samples and Scoring Commentaries
Sample student artwork for the Sustained Investigation section, with scoring commentaries explaining how they were scored according to the 2020 portfolio rubrics.
AP 2-D Art and Design Portfolio Samples and Scoring Information
Portfolio Samples and Scoring Commentaries from the 2020 AP Exam Administration
The samples in the table below were selected from portfolios that students submitted for the 2020 exam. Each sample includes scoring commentary that explains the scoring process and how the rubrics were applied.
Please note: The number of images in each portfolio section was reduced for the 2020 exam administration.
|Selected Works Samples|
|Sustained Investigation Samples|
Additional Portfolio Samples and Scoring Commentaries
The samples in the table below were scored with the 2020 rubrics. The scoring commentaries explain how the 2020 rubric was applied to students’ artwork.
Important: These documents may refer to the “2020 exam” or the “2020 rubric” since they were released before the coronavirus crisis caused a temporary shift to a shortened portfolio format for May 2020. The first full portfolio exam administered with these rubrics will be in May 2021.
|Samples and Scoring Commentaries||Scoring Rubrics|
2-D Sample Packets – Scored with the 2020 Rubrics
Past Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information
Each exhibit showcases outstanding artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the AP Art and Design Exams.
The 2020 AP Art and Design Exhibit will be posted in fall 2020.