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Important Updates

2021-22 AP Research Presentation Guidance
AP Capstone presentations can be delivered in a remote or in-person setting. Learn more.

AP Classroom and AP Daily
Teachers and students can access short, searchable AP Daily videos in AP Classroom. These videos will cover every proficiency outlined in the CED, which you’ll see on your AP Classroom Course Resources page. Videos can be assigned as homework to encourage students to watch on their own, so you can use class time to focus discussions where students need more help, whether teaching online, in person, or both.

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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.

Assessment Overview

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.

  • Event
    • MON, MAY 2, 2022, 11:59 PM EDT

    Deadline to Submit AP Research Performance Tasks


Assessment Format

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
Component Scoring Method Weight
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%

2021-22 Guidance for Hosting Student Presentations

We know your school may be teaching remotely, in person, or in a hybrid setting this year—but AP Research students will give presentations as usual. See the rules and guidelines for hosting your students’ presentations no matter the instructional environment.

Assessment Questions and Scoring Information


2021: Through-Course Assessment
Performance Task Overview Scoring Samples and Commentary  Score Distributions 

Academic Paper

Scoring Guidelines – Academic Paper

Scoring Guidelines – Research Presentation

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

Sample A

Sample B

Sample C

Sample D

Sample E

Sample F

Sample G

Sample H

Sample I

Sample J

Score Distributions