AP Environmental Science

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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 Environmental Science Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP Environmental Science 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 Environmental Science Exam will test your understanding of the environmental concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to design research studies to solve environmental problems. Calculators are permitted for use in all sections of the exam.

Exam Duration
2hrs 40mins

Exam Dates

  • Mon, May 18, 2020,
    4 PM ET

    AP Environmental Science Exam

    May 18, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Environmental Science Exam.

Exam Components

80 questions 1hr 30mins 60% of Score

The multiple-choice section includes individual, single questions as well as sets of questions that refer to the same diagram or data presentation; these may include data tables, charts, graphs, models, representations, and text-based sources.

Questions will test your ability to:

  • Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models
  • Analyze visual representations
  • Analyze text sources
  • Analyze research studies
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Use math in solving problems
  • Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems

3 questions 1hr 10mins 40% of Score

The free-response section includes three questions:

  • 1 question in which you’ll design an investigation 
  • 2 questions which will ask you to analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution, one of which will require doing calculations

Questions will test your ability to:

  • Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models
  • Analyze visual representations
  • Analyze research studies
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Use math in solving problems
  • Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems

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