The AP European History Exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and includes a multiple-choice/short-answer section and a free-response section. Each section is divided into two parts.

Section I: Part A Multiple Choice | 55 Questions | 55 minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Questions appear in sets of 2 to 5.
  • You will analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
  • Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.


Section I: Part B Short Answer | 4 Questions | 50 minutes | 20% of Exam Score

  • Questions provide opportunities for you to demonstrate what you know best.
  • Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps.


Section II: Part A Document Based | 1 Question | 55 minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 25% of Exam Score

  • Analyze and synthesize historical data.
  • Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.


Section II: Part B Long Essay | 1 Question | 35 minutes | 15% of Exam Score

  • You will select one question among two.
  • Explain and analyze significant issues in European history.
  • Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence.

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