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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking the Exams for the latest exam information.

New Secure Practice Exams
Two new secure AP Art History practice exams are now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank. The practice exams match this year’s exam specifications and include scoring guidelines and scoring worksheets. Note: the scoring worksheets use past averages, so the cut score ranges may not fully align with the 2020 exam standards.

You continue to have access to the 2015 secure practice exam on the AP Course Audit site and as individual secure questions in the question bank. 

As a reminder, these exams are most appropriate for student practice late in the school year, as the exam date approaches.

Get Real-Time Feedback from Personal Progress Checks
Personal progress checks in AP Classroom are a great way to ensure your students are continuing to build mastery of content and skills. The real-time results can help you and your students prioritize additional practice before the AP Exam.

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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 available on this page.

Exam Overview

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.

  • Event
    • FRI, MAY 15, 2020, Noon ET

    AP Art History Exam Day

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Exam Format

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.

Sample Student Responses and Scoring Commentaries Aligned with the 2020 Rubric