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.
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.
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%|