Accessing Practice Materials
We’ve introduced a suite of new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom for teachers and students to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, personal progress checks, and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth.
Preparing Students for the Exam
Create personalized practice with a library of multiple-choice and free-response AP questions you can assign to students online or on paper using the question bank in AP Classroom.
2019 Score Reports Now Available
Access 2019 AP score reports.
New Samples and Scoring Commentary
Sample student responses to Free-Response Question 2 that have been re-scored using the 2020 rubric – along with specific scoring guidelines and commentaries that explain the assigned scores – are now available on this page.
Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Art History Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available, along with a scoring rubric that applies to Free Response Question 2: Visual/Contextual Analysis, regardless of specific question prompt.
Encourage your students to visit the AP Art History student page for exam information and exam practice.
- Fri, May 8, 2020
AP Art History Exam Day
The AP Art History Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section—won’t change.
Section 1: Multiple Choice
80 Questions | 1 Hour | 50% of Exam Score
- Approximately 40 questions in sets of 3–6 questions each based on color images of works of art.
- Approximately 40 individual multiple-choice questions, some of which are based on color images of works of art.
- The multiple-choice section includes images of works of art both in and beyond the image set.
Section 2: Free Response
6 Questions | 2 Hours | 50% of Exam Score
- Question 1: Comparison is a long essay question that assesses students’ ability to compare a work of their choice with a provided work from the image set and articulate a claim explaining the significance of the similarities and differences citing evidence.
- Question 2: Visual/Contextual Analysis is a long essay question that assesses students’ ability to analyze visual and contextual features of a work of art from the image set (image not provided) and respond to the prompt with an art historically defensible claim supported by evidence.
- Question 3: Visual Analysis is a short essay question that assesses students’ ability to analyze visual elements of a work of art beyond the image set (image provided) and connect it to an artistic tradition, style, or practice.
- Question 4: Contextual Analysis is a short essay question that assesses students’ ability to analyze contextual elements of a work of art from the image set and explain how context can influence artistic decisions.
- Question 5: Attribution is a short essay question that assesses students’ ability to attribute a work of art beyond the image set (image provided) and justify their assertion by providing specific visual evidence.
- Question 6: Continuity and Change is a short essay question that assesses students’ ability to analyze the relationships between a work of art from the image set and a related artistic tradition, style, and/or practice.
- Questions 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will include images of works of art.
Scoring Information for 2019-20
The student samples below are from a pilot of the 2020 exam that we conducted in 2018. Students in the pilot were responding to Free-Response Question 2 from the 2016 exam administration.
The samples were re-scored using a rubric aligned with the current AP Art History Course and Exam Description. Scoring commentaries and specific scoring guidelines that explain how the 2020 rubric was applied are also provided below.