Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Research. 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.
Note: The following information and resources are for AP Research teachers at participating AP Capstone™ schools. In order to offer AP Research, schools must apply through the AP Program to participate in AP Capstone, and they must first offer AP Seminar. In addition, teachers attend mandatory training. For more information, visit the AP Capstone Diploma program page.
AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.
In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000-5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.
Essential Course Resources
AP Research Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course.
AP Capstone Implementation Guide 2018-19
Primary source of information for implementing the program in your school. Includes guidance for school administrators, AP coordinators, and teachers of AP Capstone courses.
AP Digital PortfolioThe AP Digital Portfolio page provides instructions on how to navigate the web-based application, how to create classrooms, and how to confirm students' submission of performance tasks.
AP Capstone PoliciesFind detailed information about AP Capstone program policies.
Frequently Asked QuestionsThe FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and assessment.
College Board Store
Find publications, released exams, lab manuals, and more supporting AP courses 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 recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Research.