AP Music Theory Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive

Download free-response questions from past exams along with scoring guidelines, sample responses from exam takers, and scoring distributions.
 

2018: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions (Part A)

Free-Response Questions (Part B)
 

Audio Prompts:

General DirectionsTranscript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

 

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Scoring Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Scoring Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

Additional Audio Samples

Sight Singing Samples from the 2017 Workshop

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free Response Questions (Part A)

Free Response Questions (Part B)
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 Transcript

Question 1 Transcript

Question 2 Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 Transcript

Question 3 Transcript

Question 4 Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 Transcript

 

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

 

 

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 Transcript

 

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 

Theory Audio Prompts

     
2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

 

Score Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

 

Grade Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Grade Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1 

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 
Theory Audio Prompts      
2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Theory Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

General Directions | Transcript

Directions for Questions 1-2 | Transcript

Question 1 | Transcript

Question 2 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 3-4 | Transcript

Question 3 | Transcript

Question 4 | Transcript

Directions for Questions 5-7 | Transcript

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Grade Distributions

Sight-Singing Questions
 

Audio Prompts:

Sight-Singing Directions | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 1 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Question 2 | Transcript

Sight-Singing Scoring Guidelines

Sight-Singing Commentary Q1

Sight-Singing Commentary Q2

Sight-Singing Samples

 

 

 
Theory Audio Prompts      

Not a student?

Go to AP Central for resources for educators