In AP Research, students are assessed on the academic paper and presentation and oral defense of research. The academic paper is 4,000–5,000 words, and the presentation and defense take approximately 15–20 minutes.
Encourage your students to visit the AP Research student page for assessment information and practice.
Participate in the AP Capstone Diploma Program
To offer AP Research, schools must sign up to participate in AP Capstone, and teachers need to attend mandatory summer training. Visit the AP Capstone Diploma program page for more information.
Deadline to Submit AP Research Performance Tasks
The AP Research assessment has consistent weighting and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect.
|AP Research Through-Course Performance Task—100% of AP Research Score|
|Academic Paper (4,000–5,000 words)||College Board scored||75%|
|Presentation and Oral Defense (15–20 minutes total for both the presentation and 3–4 questions from a panel of 3 evaluators that follows).||Teacher scored||25%|
Guidance for Hosting Student Presentations
See the rules and guidelines for hosting your students’ presentations whether your school is teaching remotely, in person, or in a hybrid setting.
Academic Paper Samples and Scoring Information
2022: Through-Course Assessment
Performance Task Overview
Samples and Commentary
Scoring Guidelines – Academic Paper
Scoring Guidelines – Research Presentation
Past Samples and Scoring Guidelines
AP Research Past Exam Questions
View sample responses and scoring guidelines for the through-course performance tasks from past years.