The AP European History Exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and includes both a 105-minute multiple-choice/short-answer section and a 90-minute free-response section. Each section is divided into two parts, as shown below. Performance on these four parts will be compiled and weighted to determine an AP Exam score.

Section I: Multiple Choice/Short-Answer; 105 minutes

  • Part A, Multiple-Choice: 55 Questions; 55 minutes; 40% of total exam score
  • Part B, Short-Answer: 4 questions; 50 minutes; 20% of total exam score

Section II: Free-Response; 90 minutes

  • Part A, Document-based question: 1 question; 55 minutes (includes 15 minute reading period); 25% of total exam score
  • Part B, Long essay question: 1 question (chosen from a pair); 35 minutes; 15% of total exam score

Note: An updated course and exam description reflecting the updated rubrics and historical thinking skills (.pdf/555KB) will be available soon.

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