AP Art History
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The AP Art History Exam will test your understanding of the art historical concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to analyze and compare works of art and place them in historical context.
Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering sample questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.
AP Art History students will have two options to take sample questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.
We highly recommend you take the Digital Practice, and strongly advise that if you can’t take the Digital Practice, at least take the App Demo. Both can be taken multiple times, and can be accessed directly in the digital testing application. You can access your answers and solution materials (MCQ answer key, FRQ scoring guidelines) for the Digital Practice. Note: Taking the App Demo after completing Digital Practice may override your answers from Digital Practice.
In addition to differences in the order and type of questions as noted below, you should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:
Thu, May 6, 2021,
12 PM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Art History Exam.
Wed, May 19, 2021,
4 PM EDT
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Art History Exam.
Wed, Jun 2, 2021,
4 PM EDT
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Art History Exam.
Note on 2021 Exams
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Art History Exam will be full length, containing the typical multiple-choice and free-response sections and covering the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description.
There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Art History only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
80 questions 1hr 50% of Score
There are two types of multiple-choice questions on the exam:
The multiple-choice section includes images of works of art both in and beyond the image set.
You’ll be asked to:
6 questions 2hrs 50% of Score
Note: On the digital exam, due to exam security requirements, identifying information (such as the name of the work and the artist) may not be provided for works of art given in the question. Also, you will not be asked to provide identifying information for works of art in free-response questions.
On the digital exams, free-response questions will be presented in a slightly different order, as indicated below.
There are six free-response questions on the exam:
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2021 AP Art History Free-Response Questions
Review the released free-response questions.
AP Art History Exam Free-Response Questions and Scoring Information Archive
Review free-response questions, sample student responses, and scoring guidelines from past exams.