Directions for the 2021 Digital AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam

Exam and section directions will appear in the testing application

Unlike on paper and pencil exams, students taking digital exams will receive directions primarily from the digital testing application, not from a proctor, whether they take the digital exam at school or at home.

On the digital exam, directions will be shown on a pop-up in the digital exam application when the clock starts at the beginning of each section. Students will have a chance to read them before starting to answer questions, and can view them at any time by clicking the Directions link in the upper left corner of the application.

Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear at the beginning of each section. While students should read the directions, they should be aware that the timer will be running while they do so, both at the beginning of each section and while they’re working during the exam.

General Exam Directions will appear in the left column of the directions pop-up, and will be the same for all sections of that exam. Section Directions will appear in the right column, and will be specific to each section of the exam.

When you answer digital practice questions in the digital testing application, these same directions will appear along with a note when practice has a different number of questions than the actual exam.

The following is the full text of the directions that will appear on the digital AP Seminar end-of-course exam.

Exam Directions

The AP Seminar end-of-course exam is 2 hours long. The exam consists of two parts: Part A (Questions 1–3) and Part B (Question 4). There is no break between Part A and Part B.

In Part A, you will read a single passage and respond to three questions about that passage. The suggested time for Part A is 30 minutes. You may spend more than 30 minutes if needed or you may move on to Part B if you finish early.

In Part B, you will read four sources that present multiple perspectives on the same issue or topic. Before you begin writing your response to Part B, you should carefully read the question and the four sources. Plan your argument carefully before beginning your response. The suggested time for Part B is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Please note that you are responsible for pacing yourself. The clock will turn red when 5 minutes remain, but the proctor or app will not give you any other time updates. 

Do not spend too much time on either part, but remember that you cannot go back to Part A once you’ve moved on to Part B.

Section Directions

You will answer the three questions in Part A on three separate screens. You may move back and forth among those three screens while you are answering Part A, but once you click Next after Question 3 to move on to Part B, you will not be able to go back to Part A. 

Manage your time carefully. You are advised to spend approximately 30 minutes on Part A, and approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes on Part B. You must complete your response to Part A before moving on to Part B.

All questions on this exam require answers in essay form.

You may use scratch paper for notes and planning, but credit will only be given for responses entered in this application.

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