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Important Updates

2019-20 AP World History Changes
In response to valuable feedback from AP World History teachers, we’re making changes to AP World History in 2019-20 that better align it with the scope of content that most colleges and universities cover in a single course.

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is available on the Course Audit section of the AP World History course page. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.

Course Overview

AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. 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 provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.

School and district administrators: Considering AP World History for your school or district? Download the course framework (.pdf/1.52MB), an overview of the course and exam. You can also download a practice exam (.pdf/2.23MB).

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

College Board Store

Find AP World 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 site 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 World History.