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Important Updates

Secure Exam for Classroom Use 
A secure 2018 AP United States History Exam is available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page. 

Course Overview

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.

School and district administrators: Considering AP U.S. History for your school or district? Download the course framework (pdf/1.12MB) for an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (pdf/1.4MB).

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP U.S. History curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.

College Board Store

Find AP U.S. History publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

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 page features information on AP curriculum and assessment, tips on aligning AP courses to introductory college courses, ideas on using AP in recruitment and admissions, and ways for faculty and academic administrators to get involved with the AP program.  

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP U.S. History.