AP Art History

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About the Exam

Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering at-home testing for the 2020 AP Art History Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP Art History exam page. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.

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.

Exam Duration

Exam Dates

  • Fri, May 15, 2020,
    12 PM ET

    AP Art History Exam

    May 15, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Art History Exam.

Exam Components

80 questions 1hr 50% of Score

There are two types of multiple-choice questions on the exam:

  • Approximately 40 questions in sets of 3–6, each based on color images of works of art.
  • Approximately 40 individual questions, some of which are based on color images of works of art.
  • The multiple-choice section includes images of works of art both in and beyond the image set.

You’ll be asked to:

  • Analyze visual and contextual elements of works of art and link them to a larger artistic tradition
  • Compare 2 or more works
  • Attribute works of art beyond the image set
  • Analyze art historical interpretations

6 questions 2hrs 50% of Score

There are six free-response questions on the exam:

  • Question 1: Long Essay–Comparison will ask you to compare a required work of art and another of your choosing and explain the significance of those similarities and differences.
  • Question 2: Long Essay–Visual/Contextual Analysis will ask you to select and identify a work of art and make assertions about it based on evidence.
  • Question 3: Short Essay–Visual Analysis will ask you to describe a work of art beyond the image set and connect it to an artistic tradition, style, or practice.
  • Question 4: Short Essay–Contextual Analysis will ask you to describe contextual influences of a work of art in the image set and explain how context can influence artistic decisions.
  • Question 5: Short Essay–Attribution will ask you to attribute a work of art beyond the image set to a particular artist, culture, or style, and justify your assertions with evidence.
  • Question 6: Short Essay–Continuity and Change will ask you to analyze the relationship between a provided work of art and a related artistic tradition, style, or practice.
  • Questions 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will include images of works of art.

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