You will be assessed using a combination of a team project and presentation, an individual research-based essay and presentation, and an end-of-course exam.  These three assessments will be used to calculate a final AP score (using the 1-5 scale) for AP Seminar. You must submit the team project and presentation and the individual research-based essay and presentation performance tasks, and they must be scored by your teacher, no later than April 30, 2017. See your AP Seminar teacher for specific deadlines. Note: AP Seminar is only available to students whose school is participating in the AP Capstone program.

1.  Team Project & Presentation – 20% of the AP Seminar score

Work in teams of three to five to identify, investigate, analyze, and evaluate an academic or real-world problem, question or issue. Your team will design and/or consider options, alternatives, or solutions and develop a  multimedia presentation to communicate your conclusion or recommendations. The team project and presentation will be scored by your teacher based on a rubric upon which they have received training by the College Board and will be evaluated based on the following components:

  • Individual Research (1,200 words)
  • Team Multimedia Presentation and Defense (8-10 minutes)


2. Individual Research-Based Essay & Presentation – 35% of the AP Seminar score

The College Board will provide stimulus material (texts) representing a range of perspectives focused on a single theme or topic. You will use these texts to identify a research question of your own; research, analyze, evaluate, and select evidence to develop a written argument of your own that you will present and then you will defend your conclusion. The Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation will be scored by your teacher based on a rubric upon which they have received training by the College Board and will be evaluated based on the following components:

  • Individual Written Argument (2,000 words)
  • Individual Multimedia Presentation (6-8 minutes)
  • Oral Defense (two questions from the teacher)


3. End-of-Course Exam (2 Hours) – 45% of AP Seminar score

During the AP Exam administration window, you will take a two-hour exam. The exam consists of four questions (three short answer questions and one essay question). The exam will be scored by College Board trained readers similar to other AP Exams.

  • Three Short-Answer Questions
    • Argument comprehension and analysis – one source
  • One essay question
    • Synthesizing and creating an evidence-based argument – four sources (varying perspectives on one theme).

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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