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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.

  • Event
    • Mon, Apr 30, 2018

    AP Seminar Performance Tasks Due

  • Event
    • Tue, May 8

    AP Seminar Exam Day 2018

    • 8 a.m. | 2 hrs

Assessment Overview

In AP Seminar, students are assessed with two through-course performance tasks and an end-of-course exam. All three assessments are summative and will be used to calculate a final AP score (using the 1 to 5 scale) for AP Seminar.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Seminar student page for exam information and exam practice.

Assessment Format

Note: The scoring methods outlined in the following tables have been updated to reflect the 2017-18 assessment.

Team Project and Presentation: 20% of AP Seminar Score
Component Scoring Method Weight
Individual research report (1,200 words) College Board scored 50% of 20%
Team multimedia presentation and defense (8 to 10 minutes, plus defense questions) Teacher scored (group score) 50% of 20%
Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation: 35% of AP Seminar Score
Component Scoring Method Weight
Individual written argument (2,000 words) College Board scored 70% of 35%
Individual multimedia presentation (6 to 8 minutes) Teacher scored 20% of 35%
Oral defense (two questions from the teacher) Teacher scored 10% of 35%
End-of-Course Exam (2 Hours) | 45% of AP Seminar Score
Component Scoring Method Weight
Understanding and analyzing an argument (3 short-answer questions); suggested time: 30 minutes College Board scored 30% of 45%
Evidence-based argument essay (1 long essay); suggested time: 90 minutes College Board scored 70% of 45%

Assessment Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in the tables below. Also check out:

The AP Seminar Course and Exam Description (.pdf/9.73MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.

The Student Performance Q&A, in which the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year. Note that these assessments do not reflect the format of the 2017 exam.

The Past Through-Course and End-of-Course Assessments page, which has assessments and scoring information from the 2016 exam administration and before.

2017: Performance Tasks Scoring Information
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Task 2 Directions and Stimulus Materials

2017: End-of-Course Exam Scoring Information
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Exam Questions and Sources


Assessment Resources