2021 Exam Information
AP Exams will cover the full content in each course, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit and placement.
Given the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year, this year there will be no fees whatsoever if a student decides not to test/submit performance tasks or to cancel their exams.
2020-21 AP Research Presentation Guidance
The Presentation and Oral Defense (POD) must be delivered in real time, and not prerecorded. Equity and access for students is a primary goal, therefore, student presentations can be delivered in a remote, hybrid, 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 homepage. 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.
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.
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.
- THU, MAY 20, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT
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%|
2020-21 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
For sample AP Research academic papers, see the table below.