AP Human Geography

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About the Exam

Important Update

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.

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

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.

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