The AP Art History Exam is 3 hours long and includes both a 60-minute multiple-choice and a 120-minute free-response section. Performance on these four parts will be compiled and weighted to determine an AP Exam score.

Section I: Multiple Choice; 60 minutes

  • 80 questions total; approximately 35 discrete questions and 45 questions in sets
  • 50% of total exam score

Section II: Free-Response; 120 minutes

  • 6 questions total; two 30-minute essay questions and four 15-minute essay questions
  • 50% of total exam score

You can use the free response questions and scoring guidelines below as you prepare for the AP Exam. Please note that as of 2010, printed inserts containing color images are used instead of slides. In addition, you may now move freely from question to question for the total time allotted for the questions in Part A of the multiple choice section, and Part B (short-essay questions) of the free response section.

Multiple Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, please refer to the AP Art History Course and Exam Description, which can be found in the blue, Exam Resources inlay to the right.

Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The following resources do not reflect the content, scope, or design specifications of the redesigned AP Art History Exam, which was administered for the first time in May 2016. These are provided to help you become familiar with the kinds of topics and questions that have been asked on previous years’ AP exams.

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