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Important Updates

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Seminar. 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.

New AP Seminar Teacher Module
This professional development module highlights areas where students typically struggle with AP Seminar presentations and provides teaching strategies and example activities that address these areas.

2017-18 AP Seminar Rubrics
The revised Team Multimedia Presentation rubric for AP Seminar Performance Task 1 (.pdf/150KB) and the revised Individual Written Argument rubric for Performance Task 2 (.pdf/98.2KB) are now available. Please note: The rubrics for the remaining performance task components and AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam have not changed for 2017-18.

Teacher Scoring of Performance Tasks
Starting in the 2017-18 school year, AP Seminar teachers will no longer score the Individual Research Report component of Performance Task 1 or the Individual Written Argument component of Performance Task 2. Students’ written work will be scored at the AP Reading.

Teachers will continue to score the Team Multimedia Presentation and Defense component of Performance Task 1, as well as the Individual Multimedia Presentation and Oral Defense components of Performance Task 2 in the AP Digital Portfolio.

Online Scoring Training
All AP Seminar teachers are required to complete and pass online scoring training for the Team Multimedia Presentation and the Individual Multimedia Presentation only. Training is now available on AcademicMerit. AP Seminar teachers should reference the email that was sent on December 12, 2017 for further details.

Note: The following information and resources are for AP Seminar teachers at participating AP Capstone™ schools. In order to offer AP Seminar, schools must apply through the AP Program to participate and teachers must attend mandatory training. For more information, visit the AP Capstone section of Advances in AP.

Course Overview

AP Seminar is a year-long course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from different sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

Essential Course Resources

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 Seminar.