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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 at 11:59 p.m. ET

    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.

Performance Task 1: 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%
Performance Task 2: Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation35% 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%

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.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, 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.

2018: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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

Task 2 Directions and Stimulus Materials

Scoring Guidelines - PT 1

Scoring Guidelines - PT 2

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

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.

Task 1—Individual Research and Reflection

Task 2—Individual Written Argument

Scoring Distributions

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

Exam Questions and Sources

Scoring Guidelines

Section I—Part A

Section I—Part B


Assessment Resources