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

Multiple Choice Questions

For sample multiple choice questions, please refer to the AP European History Course and Exam Description.

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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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

The following resources do not reflect the content, scope, or design specifications of the redesigned AP European History Exam, which will be 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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The following resources do not reflect the content, scope, or design specifications of the redesigned AP European History Exam, which will be 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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