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Important Updates

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.

Learn more about the new resources

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.

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2019 Score Reports Now Available
Access 2019 AP score reports.

Go to AP Score Reports for Educators

Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Environmental Science Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available.

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

  • Event
    • Mon, May 11, 2020

    AP Environmental Science Exam Day

    • Noon | 2 hrs 40 mins

Exam Format

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the AP Environmental Science Exam will have question types and point values that will remain stable and consistent from year to year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. Additionally, for the first time, students will be permitted to use a scientific or four-function calculator on both sections of the exam.


Exam Updates
2019 Exam Starting with the 2020 Exam

Section I: Multiple Choice

100 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

  • Currently, the multiple-choice section does not include any text-based stimulus.
  • Each question has 5 options.

Section I: Multiple Choice

80 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

  • New question type analyzing texts: 2 sets of approximately 3–4 questions per set will assess students' ability to evaluate sources of information with a text-based stimulus.
  • Questions will now place equal emphasis on the analysis of quantitative data and data in the form of models and representations.
  • Each question will have 4 options.


Section II: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

Question types currently vary in the skills they assess:

  • 1 data set question
  • 1 document-based question
  • 2 synthesis and evaluation questions


Section II: Free Response

3 Questions | 1 Hour 10 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

The three free-response question types will now remain the same from year to year:

  • Question 1 will ask students to design an investigation.
  • Question 2 will ask students to analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution.
  • Question 3 will ask students to analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution doing calculations.



Exam Tasks and Content

Section 1: Multiple Choice

  • Individual questions
  • Set-based questions
    • 3–4 sets include quantitative data, such as data tables, charts, or graphs. These questions primarily assess Practice 5, but can also assess Practices 1, 4, 6, or 7.
    • 3–4 sets include qualitative data or information, such as models, representations, or maps. These questions primarily assess Practice 2, but can also assess Practices 1, 4, or 7.
    • 2 sets include text-based sources. These questions primarily assess Practice 3, but can also assess Practices 1, 6, or 7.

Section 2: Free Response

  • There are 3 free-response questions. They ask students to:
    • Design an investigation
    • Analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution
    • Analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution doing calculations

AP Calculator Policy

A four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator may be used on the exam.

Calculator Policies and Approved Calculators

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report (available this fall). In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain 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.