ALL students enrolled in this course are required to take the national exam (this is school policy).
The school pays the fee for the tests on behalf of students.
The test is in May 16th, (This is Thursday and is for the AM testing session)
The test itself consists of:
70 multiple choice questions
- DBQ (Document Based Question)
- CCOT (Continuity & Change over Time)
- C/C (Compare/Contrast)
A link to last year's examination free response questions can be found at the following link:
2012 Test Free Response
The timing breakdown:
The AP World History Exam is 3 hours and 5 minutes long and includes both a 55-minute multiple-choice section and a 130-minute free-response section. The multiple-choice section of the examination accounts for half of the student's exam score, and the free-response section for the other half.
Question Type Number of Questions Timing
Multiple-choice 70 questions 55 minutes
Document-based question 1 question 50 minutes
(includes a 10-minute reading period)
& change-over-time essay 1 question 40 minutes
Comparative essay 1 question 40 minutes
Scoring of the AP Exam
The exam scoring process, like the course and exam development process, relies on the expertise of both AP teachers and college faculty. While multiple-choice questions are scored by machine, the free-response questions are scored by thousands of college faculty and expert AP teachers at the annual AP Reading. AP Exam Readers are thoroughly trained, and their work is monitored throughout the Reading for fairness and consistency. In each subject, a highly respected college faculty member fills the role of Chief Reader, who, with the help of AP Readers in leadership positions, maintains the accuracy of the scoring standards. Scores on the free-response questions are weighted and combined with the results of the computer-scored multiple-choice questions, and this raw score is summed to give a composite AP score of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1.
The score-setting process is both precise and labor intensive, involving numerous psychometric analyses of the results of a specific AP Exam in a specific year and of the particular group of students who took that exam. Additionally, to ensure alignment with college-level standards, part of the score-setting process involves comparing the performance of AP students
with the performance of students enrolled in comparable courses in colleges throughout the United States. In general, the AP
composite score points are set so that the lowest raw score needed to earn an AP score of 5 is equivalent to the average score among college students earning grades of A in the college course. Similarly, AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to college grades of A-, B+ and B. AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to college grades of B-, C+ and C.
Utilizing & Interpreting the Scores
The extensive work done by college faculty and AP teachers in the development of the course and the exam and throughout the scoring process ensures that AP Exam scores accurately represent students’ achievement in the equivalent college course. While colleges and universities are responsible for setting their own credit and placement policies, AP scores signify how qualified students are to receive college credit or placement:
AP Score Qualification
5 Extremely well qualified
4 Well qualified
2 Possibly qualified
1 No recommendation