Preparing Students for the Exam
Starting August 1, students and teachers will have new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, progress checks and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth, and a question bank of real AP questions.
Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP World History: Modern Course and Exam Description.
Encourage your students to visit the AP World History: Modern student page for exam information and exam practice.
- Thu, May 14, 2020
AP World History: Modern Exam Day
The AP World History: Modern Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section—won’t change.
Section 1A: Multiple Choice
55 Questions | 55 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score
Section 1B: Short Answer
3 Questions | 40 Minutes | 20% of Exam Score
Section 2A: Document-Based Question
1 Question | 1 Hour (includes 15-minute reading period) | 25% of Exam Score
Section 2B: Long Essay
1 Question | 40 Minutes | 15% of Exam Score
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.
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 AP Reading leadership to explain 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.
New Exam Resources
Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You’ll have access to:
- an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
- personal progress checks with new formative questions
- a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights
Coming Soon: Scoring Guidelines for CED Sample Free-Response Questions
Scoring guidelines for the sample exam questions within the AP World History: Modern Course and Exam Description will be posted later this summer.