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Important Updates

2017 Chief Reader Report Module
The Chief Reader for the 2017 AP European History exam provides a brief walkthrough of the highlights of their Chief Reader Report.  In this presentation, Paul Deslandes of the University of Vermont 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.

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is available on the Course Audit section of the AP European History page. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.

Course Overview

AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. In AP European History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing historical evidence; contextualization; comparison; causation; change and continuity over time; and argument development. The course also provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world; poverty and prosperity; objective knowledge and subjective visions; states and other institutions of power; individual and society; and national and European identity.

School and district administrators: Considering AP European History for your school or district? Download the course framework (.pdf/2.04MB), for an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (.pdf/1.61MB).

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

College Board Store

Find AP European History publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on AP curriculum and assessment, tips on aligning AP courses to introductory college courses, ideas on using AP in recruitment and admissions, and ways for faculty and academic administrators to get involved with the AP program.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP European History.