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Updated Course and Exam Description for 2020-21
Download the new course and exam description that is effective starting with the 2020-21 school year.
Now Available: AP Seminar Performance Task Guidance on YouTube
On-demand videos to walk students through performance task directions are now available on the AP YouTube channel. More of these logistics-specific videos will be released throughout the school year. For in-depth, instructional videos to support your students, students should navigate to AP Daily in AP Classroom.
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. Sign in to AP Classroom to access the AP Seminar question bank and AP Daily videos.
AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Students learn to investigate a problem or issue, analyze arguments, compare different perspectives, synthesize information from multiple sources, and work alone and in a group to communicate their ideas.
Based on the Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this curriculum framework is intended to provide a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. This conceptualization will guide the development and organization of learning outcomes from general to specific, resulting in focused statements about content knowledge and skills needed for success in the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
The AP Seminar curriculum is made up of five big ideas.
- Big Idea 1: Question and Explore
- Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze
- Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
- Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas
- Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit
The AP Seminar framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills, called transferable skills and proficiencies, that students should practice throughout the year.
Analyze Sources and Evidence
Understand and Analyze Argument
Identifying the main idea in arguments, analyzing the reasoning, and evaluating the validity of the conclusions
Evaluate Sources and Evidence
Evaluating the credibility and relevance of sources and the evidence they present
Construct an Evidence-Based Argument
Developing a well-reasoned argument clearly connecting the thesis, claims, and evidence
Select and Use Evidence
Strategically choosing evidence to effectively support claims
Understand Context and Perspective
Understand and Analyze Context
Understanding the complexity of a problem or issue and connecting arguments to the broader context in which they are situated
Understand and Analyze Perspective
Comparing and interpreting multiple diverse perspectives on an issue to understand its complexity
Communicate (interpersonal and intrapersonal)
Choosing and employing effective written and oral communication techniques, considering audience, context, and purpose
Choosing and consistently applying an appropriate citation style and effective conventions of writing
Working constructively with others to accomplish a team goal or task
Articulating challenges, successes, and moments of insight that occur throughout the inquiry process
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 Education site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
Meet the Development Committee for AP Seminar.