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Important Updates

2017 Chief Reader Report Module
The Chief Reader for the 2017 AP Art History exam provides a brief walkthrough of the highlights of their Chief Reader Report. In this presentation, Heather Madar of Humboldt State University gives bite-sized overviews of each free-response question—how students performed, teaching tips for areas where students struggled, and a deeper understanding of the questions and results.

  • Event
    • Tue, May 8

    AP Art History Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 3 hrs

Exam Overview

The AP Art History Exam asks students to apply art historical skills to the course content, which includes works of art from the image set and contextual knowledge from the enduring understanding and essential knowledge statements.

Using works of art studied within the course image set or works they chose to study beyond the image set, students have many opportunities to exhibit their understanding of art historical concepts. A single exam question is likely to encompass multiple learning objectives and works of art from different content areas. This underscores the exam's focus on assessing students' in-depth critical analysis of relationships among works of art, art historical concepts, and global cultures.

This exam tests students' knowledge of artists, schools, and movements; chronological periods and significant dates; ways in which artists influenced and were influenced by other artists, traditions, and movements; and the subjects, styles, and techniques of particular works of art. Students will also analyze known and unknown works of art and construct persuasive arguments based on visual and contextual evidence.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Art History student page for exam information and exam practice.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 80 Questions | 1 Hour | 50% of Exam Score

  • Approximately 8 sets of questions (3 to 6 questions each) based on color images
  • Approximately 35 individual multiple-choice questions

Section II

Free Response — 6 Questions | 2 Hours | 50% of Exam Score

  • Two 30-minute essay questions
  • Four 15-minute essay questions
  • Essay questions often include images of works of art as stimuli.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

You can also review the Past Exam Questions page, which features free-response questions and scoring information for exams given before May 2016. Please note that these exam questions do not reflect the redesigned course and exam.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

You can also watch the 2017 Chief Reader Report Module. In this presentation, Heather Madar of Humboldt State University gives a brief and helpful walkthrough of the highlights of her 2017 Chief Reader Report.

Exam Resources