AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEThe Exam

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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Environmental Science Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

  • Event
    • Thu, May 10, 2018

    AP Environmental Science Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 3 hrs

Exam Overview

AP Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. Exam questions are based on each major topic area outlined in the course description. They are designed to cover the breadth of students' knowledge and depth of understanding of environmental science. Thought-provoking problems and questions based on fundamental ideas from environmental science are included along with questions based on the recall of basic facts and major concepts.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Environmental Science student page for exam information and exam practice.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 100 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

  • Individual questions
  • Questions in sets

Section II

Free Response — 4 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Data Set (1 question)
  • Document-Based Question (1 question)
  • Synthesis and Evaluation (2 questions)

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

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

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. 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.

 
2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines    

Exam Resources