AP Seminar

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About the Assessment

Important Update

2021 AP Seminar end-of-course exams will be offered on paper in early May and as a digital exam in late May and early June. Student presentations will still be delivered live in real time (and not prerecorded) as usual, though they can be delivered in a remote, hybrid, or in-person setting.

All versions of the end-of-course exam will cover the full scope of course content, giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement. Both the paper and digital versions of the end-of-course exam will contain the typical free-response section.

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 Seminar only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.

The AP Seminar assessment has three parts: two performance tasks—which you’ll complete over the course of the year and submit online for scoring through the AP Digital Portfolio—and the end-of-course AP Exam. All measure your proficiency in the course skills, and all contribute to your final AP score on a scale of 1–5.

Assessment Dates

  • Thu, May 20, 2021,
    11:59 PM EDT

    AP Seminar Performance Tasks Due Date

    You must submit all final AP Seminar performance tasks via the AP Digital Portfolio and your teacher must have scored all presentations by this time.

  • Tue, May 11, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam 

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Seminar Exam.

  • Wed, May 26, 2021,
    4 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam 

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Seminar Exam.

  • Mon, Jun 7, 2021,
    4 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam 

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Seminar Exam.

Assessment Components

Note on 2021 Exams

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 Seminar only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Work in teams of 3–5 to identify, investigate, analyze, and evaluate an academic or real-world problem, question, or issue. Your team will design and/or consider options, alternatives, or solutions and develop a multimedia presentation to communicate your conclusion or recommendations. The team project and presentation will be evaluated based on the following components:

  • Individual research-based essay (1,200 words): scored by College Board
  • Team multimedia presentation and defense (8–10 minutes): scored by your teacher

College Board will provide stimulus material (texts) representing a range of perspectives focused on a single theme or topic. You will use these texts to identify a research question of your own; research, analyze, evaluate, and select evidence to develop a written argument of your own that you will present; and then you will defend your conclusion. The individual research-based essay and presentation will be evaluated based on the following components:

  • Individual written argument (2,000 words): scored by College Board
  • Individual multimedia presentation (6–8 minutes): scored by your teacher
  • Oral defense (2 questions from the teacher): scored by your teacher

4 questions 2hrs 45% of Score

During the AP Exam administration window, you will take a two-hour exam. The exam consists of four questions (three short-answer questions and one essay question). The exam will be scored by College Board–trained readers, similar to other AP Exams.

  • 3 short-answer questions: These questions will be based on a single source. You’ll be asked to explain and analyze an argument.
  • 1 essay question: This question will be based on 4 different sources, which give different perspectives on 1 theme. You’ll be asked to synthesize information and create an evidence-based argument.

How We Score Your Work

Teacher-Scored Components

The two AP Seminar in-class presentations and defenses are scored by your AP Seminar teacher. Your scores on these components contribute to your final AP score.

Here’s how we make sure that scoring by AP Seminar teachers is standardized:

  • AP Seminar teachers use a scoring rubric designed by the AP Program.
  • AP Seminar teachers also take part in mandatory training from the AP Program in how to score these components.

College Board–Scored Components

The individual research-based essay, the individual written argument, and the end-of-course exam given in May are scored by College Board. These scores also contribute to your final AP score. All these components are scored by trained, experienced educators called AP readers.

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