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Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’ve made changes to the 2020 AP Research assessment. Get the details at Taking AP Exams Online. Note that these changes to the 2020 assessment may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.
Build on what you learned in AP Seminar to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, you will design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question.
AP Research is an interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking and academic research skills on a topic of the student’s choosing. To accommodate the wide range of student topics, typical college course equivalents include introductory research or general elective courses.
Students must have successfully completed the AP Seminar course.
You’ll learn about the first step of doing research: inquiry and investigation.
You’ll learn to read, comprehend, and explain a perspective or argument.
You’ll learn to compare and contrast different perspectives on an issue, idea, or problem so you can understand its complexity.
You’ll learn to take information you’ve gathered, analyzed, and evaluated and use it to form your own conclusions and build your own argument.
You’ll learn peer review practices and how to communicate your ideas to an audience.