Rather than a written exam, you will be assessed on your academic paper, a presentation, and an oral defense of your research. The academic paper is between 4,000-5,000 words in length, and the presentation and defense take 15-20 minutes. You will also be required to answer 3-4 questions from a panel of trained evaluators and your AP Research teacher.

Academic Paper (4,000-5,000 words ) — 75% of score

You will be evaluated on the content, structure, format, and conclusions of the paper as well as your ability to properly and accurately cite sources.

Presentation and Oral Defense — 25% of score

The culminating event of the AP Research course will be a presentation of your research question, research methodology, and findings, including an oral defense that addresses a set of questions about your research inquiry. Those students who elect to investigate an artistic or other topic that lends itself to a performance, exhibit, or product will arrange for the panelists to view their work prior to the presentation and oral defense to provide additional context. This activity is not formally assessed.

Note: You must submit all performance tasks, and they must be scored by your teacher, no later than April 30, 2017. See your AP Research teacher for specific deadlines.

AP Capstone Policy on Plagiarism and Falsification or Fabrication of Information  

A student who fails to acknowledge the source or author of any and all information or evidence taken from the work of someone else through citation, attribution, or reference in the body of the work, or through a bibliographic entry, will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Seminar and/or AP Research Performance Task. In AP Seminar, a team of students that fails to properly acknowledge sources or authors on the Team Multimedia Presentation will receive a group score of 0 for that component of the Team Project and Presentation.

A student who incorporates falsified or fabricated information (e.g. evidence, data, sources, and/or authors) will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Seminar and/or AP Research Performance Task. In AP Seminar, a team of students that incorporates falsified or fabricated information in the Team Multimedia Presentation will receive a group score of 0 for that component of the Team Project and Presentation.

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