AP Human Geography

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About the Exam

Important Update

Updated April 8 You can now download the digital testing application and take digital practice to prepare for the testing experience. See below for more information on digital practice and taking the digital exam.

AP Human Geography Exams will be offered on paper in early May and as a digital exam in late May and early June.

The paper and the digital versions of the AP Human Geography Exam will be full length, containing the typical multiple-choice and free-response sections and covering the full scope of course content, giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

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 Human Geography only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.

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Exam Overview
The AP Human Geography Exam will test your understanding of the geographic concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to analyze maps, geospatial data, infographics, and more.

Exam Duration
2hrs 15mins

Digital Practice and Testing Information

Updated April 8

Digital Practice Now Available

Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering example questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.

AP Human Geography students will have two options to answer example questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.

  • Digital Practice has a shortened multiple-choice section (12 questions, 12 minutes), a shortened break of 5 minutes, and a full-length free-response section (3 questions, 75 minutes).
  • The App Demo is an even shorter subset of the questions in Digital Practice–5 multiple-choice questions, a 2-minute break, and 1 free-response question.

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.

Taking the Digital Exam

You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:

  • As a reminder:
    • You will answer all multiple-choice questions and type all free-response answers directly in the digital exam application. Scratch paper is permitted for notes or planning, but you cannot handwrite or otherwise upload responses
    • You cannot go back to questions you’ve already answered, and cannot skip ahead. 
  • Exam directions and section-specific directions will not be read by a proctor–they’ll appear entirely in the application. You’ll see them at the beginning of each section, and can access them at any time during the exam. Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear. While you should read the directions, be aware that the timer will be running while you do so. You can view the full text of the exam and section directions in advance of the exam.

Exam Dates

  • Tue, May 4, 2021,
    12 PM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Human Geography Exam

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Human Geography Exam.

  • Fri, May 28, 2021,
    12 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Human Geography Exam

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Human Geography Exam.

  • Tue, Jun 8, 2021,
    12 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Human Geography Exam

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Human Geography Exam.

Exam Components

Note on 2021 Exams

Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Human Geography 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 Human Geography only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

60 questions 1hr 50% of Score

The multiple-choice section includes individual questions as well as sets of questions. You’ll be asked to:

  • Analyze geographic concepts, processes, patterns, and relationships
  • Analyze geographic data from maps, tables, charts, graphs, satellite images, and infographics.
  • Interpret geographic information represented visually in maps, satellite images, photographs, cartoons, and landscapes.
  • Analyze spatial relationships using geographic scales

3 questions 1hr 15mins 50% of Score

In the free-response section, you’ll respond to three questions with written answers. All three will present an authentic geographic situation or scenario, and at least two will ask you to explain and analyze spatial relationships across geographic scales.

  • The first question will have text only.
  • The second question will ask you to analyze and/or interpret data, an image, or a map.
  • The third question will feature two stimuli, which will include data, images, and/or maps.

At least one of the free-response questions assesses your ability to analyze across geographic scales to explain spatial relationships.

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