AP Courses and Exams

AP Capstone Diploma Program

The AP Capstone Diploma Program is a two-year program based on two AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. Students who fulfill the requirements can earn academic awards recognized by colleges around the world.

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Build on what you learned in AP Seminar to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, you will design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question.

Course Content

  • Big Idea 1: Question and Explore
  • Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze
  • Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas
  • Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit

Exam Date

Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET

Develop and practice the skills in research, collaboration, and communication that you’ll need in any academic discipline. You’ll investigate topics in a variety of subject areas, write research-based essays, and design and give presentations both individually and as part of a team.

Course Content

  • Big Idea 1: Question and Explore
  • Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze
  • Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas
  • Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit

Assessment Dates

AP Seminar Performance Tasks Due Date

Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET

AP Seminar Exam

Tue, May 12, 2020, 8 AM Local

Arts

Develop your skills in a two-dimensional medium such as graphic design, photography, collage, printmaking, and others as you learn the principles of 2-D design. You’ll create artwork that reflects your own ideas and skills and what you’ve learned.

Course Content

  • Big Idea 1: Investigate Materials, Processes, and Ideas
  • Big Idea 2: Make Art and Design
  • Big Idea 3: Present Art and Design

Assessment Date

Fri, May 8, 2020, 8 PM ET

Develop your skills in a three-dimensional medium such as sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glass work, and others as you learn the principles of 3-D design. You’ll create artwork that reflects your own ideas and skills and what you’ve learned.

Course Content

  • Big Idea 1: Investigate Materials, Processes, and Ideas
  • Big Idea 2: Make Art and Design
  • Big Idea 3: Present Art and Design

Assessment Date

Fri, May 8, 2020, 8 PM ET

Explore the history of art across the globe from prehistory to the present. You’ll analyze works of art through observation, discussion, reading, and research.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Global Prehistory, 30,000–500 BCE
  • Unit 2: Ancient Mediterranean, 3500 BCE–300 CE
  • Unit 3: Early Europe and Colonial Americas, 200–1750 CE
  • Unit 4: Later Europe and Americas, 1750–1980 CE
  • Unit 5: Indigenous Americas, 1000 BCE–1980 CE
  • Unit 6: Africa, 1100–1980 CE
  • Unit 7: West and Central Asia, 500 BCE–1980 CE
  • Unit 8: South, East, and Southeast Asia, 300 BCE–1980 CE
  • Unit 9: The Pacific, 700-1980 CE
  • Unit 10: Global Contemporary, 1980 CE to Present

Exam Date

Fri, May 8, 2020, 12 PM Local

Develop your skills in drawing as you explore different media and approaches. You’ll create artwork that reflects your own ideas and skills and what you’ve learned.

Course Content

  • Big Idea 1: Investigate Materials, Processes, and Ideas
  • Big Idea 2: Make Art and Design
  • Big Idea 3: Present Art and Design

Assessment Date

Fri, May 8, 2020, 8 PM ET

Learn to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music. You’ll develop skills by listening to, reading, writing, and performing a wide variety of music.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Music Fundamentals I: Pitch, Major Scales and Key Signatures, Rhythm, Meter, and Expressive Elements
  • Unit 2: Music Fundamentals II: Minor Scales and Key Signatures, Melody, Timbre, and Texture
  • Unit 3: Music Fundamentals III: Triads and Seventh Chords
  • Unit 4: Harmony and Voice Leading I: Chord Function, Cadence, and Phrase
  • Unit 5: Harmony and Voice Leading II: Chord Progressions and Predominant Function
  • Unit 6: Harmony and Voice Leading III: Embellishments, Motives, and Melodic Devices
  • Unit 7: Harmony and Voice Leading IV: Secondary Function
  • Unit 8: Modes and Form

Exam Date

Wed, May 13, 2020, 12 PM Local

English

Learn about the elements of argument and composition as you develop your critical-reading and writing skills. You’ll read and analyze nonfiction works from various periods and write essays with different aims: for example, to explain an idea, argue a point, or persuade your reader of something.

Course Content

The course content is organized into nine units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. The units define the skills you’ll work on as the course progresses, but your teacher can choose the content and themes that you’ll focus on in each unit.

Exam Date

Wed, May 13, 2020, 8 AM Local

Learn how to understand and evaluate works of fiction, poetry, and drama from various periods and cultures. You’ll read literary works and write essays to explain and support your analysis of them.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Short Fiction I
  • Unit 2: Poetry I
  • Unit 3: Longer Fiction or Drama I
  • Unit 4: Short Fiction II
  • Unit 5: Poetry II
  • Unit 6: Longer Fiction or Drama II
  • Unit 7: Short Fiction III
  • Unit 8: Poetry III
  • Unit 9: Longer Fiction or Drama III

Exam Date

Wed, May 6, 2020, 8 AM Local

History and Social Sciences

Examine the political institutions and processes of six different countries—China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom—and compare the ways they address problems. You’ll analyze data and readings to draw conclusions about political systems.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Political Systems, Regimes, and Governments
  • Unit 2: Political Institutions
  • Unit 3: Political Culture and Participation
  • Unit 4: Party and Electoral Systems and Citizen Organizations
  • Unit 5: Political and Economic Changes and Development

Exam Date

Thu, May 14, 2020, 8 AM Local

Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped Europe from c. 1450 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Renaissance and Exploration
  • Unit 2: Age of Reformation
  • Unit 3: Absolutism and Constitutionalism
  • Unit 4: Scientific, Philosophical, and Political Developments
  • Unit 5: Conflict, Crisis, and Reaction in the Late 18th Century
  • Unit 6: Industrialization and Its Effects
  • Unit 7: 19th-Century Perspectives and Political Developments
  • Unit 8: 20th-Century Global Conflicts
  • Unit 9: Cold War and Contemporary Europe

Exam Date

Wed, May 6, 2020, 12 PM Local

Explore how humans have understood, used, and changed the surface of Earth. You’ll use the tools and thinking processes of geographers to examine patterns of human population, migration, and land use.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Thinking Geographically
  • Unit 2: Population and Migration Patterns and Processes
  • Unit 3: Cultural Patterns and Processes
  • Unit 4: Political Patterns and Processes
  • Unit 5: Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes
  • Unit 6: Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes
  • Unit 7: Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes

Exam Date

Tue, May 5, 2020, 12 PM Local

Explore the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Basic Economic Concepts
  • Unit 2: Economic Indicators and the Business Cycle
  • Unit 3: National Income and Price Determination
  • Unit 4: Financial Sector
  • Unit 5: Long-Run Consequences of Stabilization Policies
  • Unit 6: Open Economy—International Trade and Finance

Exam Date

Thu, May 14, 2020, 12 PM Local

Study the principles of economics that apply to the behavior of individuals within an economic system. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Basic Economic Concepts
  • Unit 2: Supply and Demand
  • Unit 3: Production, Cost, and the Perfect Competition Model
  • Unit 4: Imperfect Competition
  • Unit 5: Factor Markets
  • Unit 6: Market Failure and the Role of Government

Exam Date

Wed, May 13, 2020, 12 PM Local

Explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion and you’ll analyze data from psychological research studies.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology
  • Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Unit 3: Sensation and Perception
  • Unit 4: Learning
  • Unit 5: Cognitive Psychology
  • Unit 6: Developmental Psychology
  • Unit 7: Motivation, Emotion, and Personality
  • Unit 8: Clinical Psychology
  • Unit 9: Social Psychology

Exam Date

Tue, May 12, 2020, 12 PM Local

Study the key concepts and institutions of the political system and culture of the United States. You’ll read, analyze, and discuss the U.S. Constitution and other documents as well as complete a research or applied civics project.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy
  • Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government
  • Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs
  • Unit 5: Political Participation

Exam Date

Mon, May 4, 2020, 8 AM Local

Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the United States from c. 1491 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Period 1: 1491–1607
  • Unit 2: Period 2: 1607–1754
  • Unit 3: Period 3: 1754–1800
  • Unit 4: Period 4: 1800–1848
  • Unit 5: Period 5: 1844–1877
  • Unit 6: Period 6: 1865–1898
  • Unit 7: Period 7: 1890–1945
  • Unit 8: Period 8: 1945–1980
  • Unit 9: Period 9: 1980–Present

Exam Date

Fri, May 8, 2020, 8 AM Local

Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the world from c. 1200 CE to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: The Global Tapestry
  • Unit 2: Networks of Exchange
  • Unit 3: Land-Based Empires
  • Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections
  • Unit 5: Revolutions
  • Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization
  • Unit 7: Global Conflict
  • Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization
  • Unit 9: Globalization

Exam Date

Thu, May 14, 2020, 8 AM Local

Math and Computer Science

Explore the concepts, methods, and applications of differential and integral calculus. You’ll work to understand the theoretical basis and solve problems by applying your knowledge and skills.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Limits and Continuity
  • Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties
  • Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
  • Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation
  • Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation
  • Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change
  • Unit 7: Differential Equations
  • Unit 8: Applications of Integration

Exam Date

Tue, May 5, 2020, 8 AM Local

Explore the concepts, methods, and applications of differential and integral calculus, including topics such as parametric, polar, and vector functions, and series. You’ll perform experiments and investigations and solve problems by applying your knowledge and skills.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Limits and Continuity
  • Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties
  • Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
  • Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation
  • Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation
  • Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change
  • Unit 7: Differential Equations
  • Unit 8: Applications of Integration
  • Unit 9: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions
  • Unit 10: Infinite Sequences and Series

Exam Date

Tue, May 5, 2020, 8 AM Local

Get familiar with the concepts and tools of computer science as you learn a subset of the Java programming language. You’ll do hands-on work to design, write, and test computer programs that solve problems or accomplish tasks.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Primitive Types
  • Unit 2: Using Objects
  • Unit 3: Boolean Expressions and if Statements
  • Unit 4: Iteration
  • Unit 5: Writing Classes
  • Unit 6: Array
  • Unit 7: ArrayList
  • Unit 8: 2D Array
  • Unit 9: Inheritance
  • Unit 10: Recursion

Exam Date

Fri, May 8, 2020, 12 PM Local

Learn the principles that underlie the science of computing and develop the thinking skills that computer scientists use. You’ll work on your own and as part of a team to creatively address real-world issues using the tools and processes of computation.

Course Content

  • Big Idea 1: Creativity
  • Big Idea 2: Abstraction
  • Big Idea 3: Data and Information
  • Big Idea 4: Algorithms
  • Big Idea 5: Programming
  • Big Idea 6: The Internet
  • Big Idea 7: Global Impact

Assessment Dates

AP Computer Science Principles Performance Tasks Due Date

Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET

AP Computer Science Principles Exam

Fri, May 15, 2020, 8 AM Local

Learn about the major concepts and tools used for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. You’ll explore statistics through discussion and activities, and you’ll design surveys and experiments.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Exploring One-Variable Data
  • Unit 2: Exploring Two-Variable Data
  • Unit 3: Collecting Data
  • Unit 4: Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
  • Unit 5: Sampling Distributions
  • Unit 6: Inference for Categorical Data: Proportions
  • Unit 7: Inference for Quantitative Data: Means
  • Unit 8: Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square
  • Unit 9: Inference for Quantitative Data: Slopes

Exam Date

Fri, May 15, 2020, 12 PM Local

Sciences

Study the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate natural phenomena.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Chemistry of Life
  • Unit 2: Cell Structure and Function
  • Unit 3: Cellular Energetics
  • Unit 4: Cell Communication and Cell Cycle
  • Unit 5: Heredity
  • Unit 6: Gene Expression and Regulation
  • Unit 7: Natural Selection
  • Unit 8: Ecology

Exam Date

Mon, May 11, 2020, 8 AM ET

Learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry including structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, and reactions. You’ll do hands-on lab investigations and use chemical calculations to solve problems. Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Atomic Structure and Properties
  • Unit 2: Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties
  • Unit 3: Intermolecular Forces and Properties
  • Unit 4: Chemical Reactions
  • Unit 5: Kinetics
  • Unit 6: Thermodynamics
  • Unit 7: Equilibrium
  • Unit 8: Acids and Bases
  • Unit 9: Applications of Thermodynamics

Exam Date

Thu, May 7, 2020, 8 AM Local

Explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made. You’ll take part in laboratory investigations and field work.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: The Living World: Ecosystems
  • Unit 2: The Living World: Biodiversity
  • Unit 3: Populations
  • Unit 4: Earth Systems and Resources
  • Unit 5: Land and Water Use
  • Unit 6: Energy Resources and Consumption
  • Unit 7: Atmospheric Pollution
  • Unit 8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution
  • Unit 9: Global Change

Exam Date

Mon, May 11, 2020, 12 PM Local

Learn about the foundational principles of physics as you explore Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate phenomena. Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Kinematics
  • Unit 2: Dynamics
  • Unit 3: Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Unit 4: Energy
  • Unit 5: Momentum
  • Unit 6: Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Unit 7: Torque and Rotational Motion
  • Unit 8: Electric Charge and Electric Force
  • Unit 9: DC Circuits
  • Unit 10: Mechanical Waves and Sound

Exam Date

Thu, May 7, 2020, 12 PM Local

Expand your understanding of physics as you explore topics such as fluids; thermodynamics; electric force, field, and potential; electric circuits; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; geometric and physical optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. You’ll do hands-on and inquiry-based in-class activities and laboratory work to investigate phenomena. Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Fluids: Pressure and Forces
  • Unit 2: Thermodynamics
  • Unit 3: Electric Force, Field, and Potential
  • Unit 4: Electric Circuits
  • Unit 5: Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
  • Unit 6: Geometric and Physical Optics
  • Unit 7: Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics

Exam Date

Wed, May 6, 2020, 12 PM Local

Explore concepts such as electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work and in-class activities to investigate phenomena and use calculus to solve problems. Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Electrostatics
  • Unit 2: Conductors, Capacitors, Dielectrics
  • Unit 3: Electric Circuits
  • Unit 4: Magnetic Fields
  • Unit 5: Electromagnetism

Exam Date

Mon, May 4, 2020, 2 PM Local

Explore concepts such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work and in-class activities to investigate phenomena and use calculus to solve problems. Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Kinematics
  • Unit 2: Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Unit 3: Work, Energy, and Power
  • Unit 4: Systems of Particles and Linear Momentum
  • Unit 5: Rotation
  • Unit 6: Oscillations
  • Unit 7: Gravitation

Exam Date

Mon, May 4, 2020, 12 PM Local

AP World Languages and Cultures

Develop your Mandarin Chinese language skills and learn about Chinese culture. You’ll practice communicating in Chinese and you’ll engage with real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
  • Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
  • Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
  • Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
  • Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Exam Date

Mon, May 11, 2020, 12 PM Local

Develop your French language skills and learn about the cultures in French-speaking parts of the world. You'll practice communicating in French and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
  • Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
  • Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
  • Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
  • Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Exam Date

Fri, May 15, 2020, 8 AM Local

Develop your German language skills and learn about the cultures in German-speaking parts of the world. You'll practice communicating in German and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
  • Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
  • Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
  • Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
  • Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Exam Date

Tue, May 5, 2020, 12 PM Local

Develop your Italian language skills and learn about the cultures in Italian-speaking parts of the world. You’ll practice communicating in Italian and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
  • Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
  • Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
  • Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
  • Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Exam Date

Thu, May 14, 2020, 12 PM Local

Develop your Japanese language skills and learn about Japanese culture. You’ll practice communicating in Japanese and you’ll engage with real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
  • Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
  • Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
  • Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
  • Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Exam Date

Thu, May 7, 2020, 12 PM Local

Learn to read and analyze Latin literature as you explore ancient Roman history and culture. You’ll translate passages from the writings of Vergil and Caesar and examine them through class discussions, debates, and presentations.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 1
  • Unit 2: Caesar, Gallic War, Books 1 and 6
  • Unit 3: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 2
  • Unit 4 : Caesar, Gallic War, Book 4
  • Unit 5: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 4
  • Unit 6: Caesar, Gallic War, Book 5, Part I
  • Unit 7: Caesar, Gallic War, Book 5, Part II, Book 6, and Book 7
  • Unit 8: Vergil, Aeneid, Books 6, 8, and 12

Exam Date

Tue, May 12, 2020, 12 PM Local

Develop your Spanish language skills and learn about the cultures in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. You’ll practice communicating in Spanish and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Families in Different Societies
  • Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
  • Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art
  • Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
  • Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life
  • Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Exam Date

Tue, May 12, 2020, 8 AM Local

Build your language skills and cultural knowledge by exploring works of literature written in Spanish. Using Spanish to communicate, you’ll read, analyze, discuss, and write about works by Spanish, Latin-American, and U.S. Hispanic authors of different periods.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: La época medieval
  • Unit 2: El siglo XVI
  • Unit 3: El siglo XVII
  • Unit 4: La literatura romántica, realista y naturalista
  • Unit 5: La Generación del 98 y el Modernismo
  • Unit 6: Teatro y poesía del siglo XX
  • Unit 7: El Boom latinoamericano
  • Unit 8: Escritores contemporáneos de Estados Unidos y España

Exam Date

Thu, May 7, 2020, 8 AM Local

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