AP SEMINARThe Course

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Important Updates

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.

2017-18 Rubrics
The Team Multimedia Presentation rubric for AP Seminar Performance Task 1 and the Individual Written Argument rubric for Performance Task 2 are currently being revised and will be available by August 1. The rubrics for the remaining performance task components and AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam are not changing for 2018.

Online Scoring Training
All AP Seminar teachers will be required to complete and pass online scoring training for the Team Multimedia Presentation and the Individual Multimedia Presentation only. Training will be available in December 2017.

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

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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.