The AP World History Exam is approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes long and has two parts — multiple choice questions and free response questions. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

The multiple choice section contains 70 questions and is 55 minutes long.

The free response section contains 3 questions, is 2 hours long (plus a mandatory 10 minute reading period for the document-based question) and consists of 3 parts (Part A, Part B, and Part C). Part A contains 1 document-based question and is 40 minutes long. Part B contains a continuity and change-over-time essay and is 40 minutes long. Part C contains a comparative essay and is also 40 minutes long. Each of the three essays are weighted equally.

You can use the free response questions and scoring guidelines below as you prepare for the AP Exam.

Multiple Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, please refer to the AP World History Course and Exam Description, which can be found in the blue, Exam Resources inlay to the right.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The following resources contain the remaining available Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines for the AP World History Exam. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to Sign-Up.


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