Now Available: 2017-18 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.
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.
- Mon, Apr 30, 2018
AP Seminar Performance Tasks Due
- Tue, May 8
AP Seminar Exam Day 2018
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.
Note: The scoring methods outlined in the following tables have been updated to reflect the 2017-18 assessment.
|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 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%|
|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%|
Revised Rubrics for 2017-18
Download 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).
Unchanged Rubrics for 2017-18
The rubrics for the AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam and the remaining performance task components—the Individual Research Report and the Individual Presentation and Oral Defense—have not changed for 2017-18.
Assessment Questions and Scoring Information
Looking for sample written components of performance tasks 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. Note: the Course and Exam Description does not reflect the 2017-18 changes to the teacher scoring model.
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.
The Past Through-Course and End-of-Course Assessments page, which has assessments and scoring information from the 2016 exam administration and before.
|Questions||Scoring||Samples and Commentary||Score Distributions|
Note: The Scoring Guidelines in this table were used for scoring the 2017 assessment. Revised rubrics for the Team Multimedia Presentation and Individual Written Argument for the 2017-18 school year are available below in the Assessment Resources section.
AP Seminar Course and Exam Description—Fall 2016
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and AP Program in general.
Team Multimedia Presentation Rubric
Revised rubric for the Team Multimedia Presentation component of AP Seminar Performance Task 1, effective fall 2017.
Individual Written Argument Rubric
Revised rubric for the Individual Written Argument component of AP Seminar Performance Task 2, effective fall 2017.
Individual Research Report Rubric
Unchanged rubric for the Individual Research Report component of AP Seminar Performance Task 1.
Individual Presentation and Oral Defense Rubric
Unchanged rubric for the Individual Presentation and Oral Defense component of AP Seminar Performance Task 2.
End-of-Course Exam Rubric
Unchanged rubric for the End-of-Course Exam component of AP Seminar.
AP Digital Portfolio
AP Digital PortfolioThe AP Digital Portfolio page provides instructions on how to navigate the web-based application, how to create classrooms, and how to confirm students' submission of performance tasks.
AP Digital Portfolio—Teacher User Guide for AP Capstone
Detailed instructions on creating classes, managing teams, scoring student work, and more.
AP Digital Portfolio—Student User Guide for AP Capstone