What makes this course interesting?

  • Design, plan, and conduct a year-long, research-based investigation to address a research question of interest to you
  • Learn and apply research methods and practices to address a real-world topic of your choosing

While working with an expert advisor, explore an academic topic, problem, or issue that interests you and design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address it.

The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words and a presentation, with an oral defense; during which you will answer 3-4 questions from a panel of evaluators.

AP Research is the second course in the AP Capstone™ program.  AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.  If you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of your choosing, you will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.  Alternatively, if you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research only, you will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. Note: AP Research will only available to students whose school is participating in the AP Capstone program.  Learn more about the AP Capstone program.

AP Research Course and Exam Description (PDF)

AP Research Course Overview (PDF)

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