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Important Updates

Refining the AP World History LEQ prompt
Based on requests from AP teachers to make the wording clearer and more direct for students, the question prompt for the AP World History long essay questions (LEQs) has been refined. The AP World History Course and Exam Description and the sample student responses scored with the 2018 rubrics have been updated to reflect this change.

We encourage you to let your students know about the updated prompt, so that they’re familiar with the wording of the long essay question options they’ll see on exam day.

Secure Practice Exam Reflecting 2017-18 Updates
A secure AP World History practice exam – reflecting the 2017-18 AP history updates and refinements to the AP World History LEQ prompt – is now available on the AP Course Audit site.

2017-18 AP History Updates
Updates to the AP history courses and exams will take effect in the 2017-18 school year. These changes do not require teachers to resubmit their syllabi to the AP Course Audit or attend professional development.

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

2016-17 Course and Exam Revisions

Revisions to the AP World History course and exam launched in 2016-17. These revisions pre-dated the updates to the AP history courses taking effect in 2017-18.

  • The Key Changes page has a quick overview of what changed in 2016-17.
  • Visit the Expert Input page to see which AP teachers and college professors developed the 2016-17 revised course and exam.
  • Learn about the validation study where college professors helped finalize the 2016-17 revisions.

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 recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

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.