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.

Participation

Only students whose schools offer the AP Capstone program can submit performance tasks in AP Seminar and AP Research and/or take the AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam. Home-schooled students, home-school organizations, and online providers are not eligible to participate in AP Capstone.

Prerequisite

Students must first complete AP Seminar, including the end-of-course exam and all required performance tasks, to develop the skills necessary to succeed in AP Research. Students who score a 1 or 2 on the AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam are still eligible to enroll in AP Research but might need additional support and guidance during the course.

Rescoring

AP Seminar and AP Research Performance Tasks, as well as the AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam, are composed entirely of free-response questions or presentations, and therefore will not be rescored. 

Students may obtain their AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam Free-Response booklets for a fee. No comments, corrections, or scores are included. Booklets for exams whose sources are not released on the College Board website (for example, late-testing exams) are not available

Score Withholding and Cancellation

If a student chooses to withhold or cancel their score for AP Seminar or AP Research, the entire AP Seminar or AP Research score, including the end-of course exam and performance tasks, will be withheld or canceled. If a student submits any of the performance tasks in AP Seminar or AP Research or takes the AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam, that student will receive a score unless they cancel it.

AP Capstone Teacher Conflict of Interest Policy

AP Capstone courses and assessments involve the scoring of student through-course performance tasks by the classroom teacher, therefore it is important to explain how the existing AP Conflict of Interest Policy found in the AP Program Guide and AP Coordinator’s Manual applies.  To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, the College Board recommends that AP Seminar and AP Research teachers should not be the classroom teacher for any student who is an immediate family or household member who is enrolled in AP Seminar or AP Research as this would put the teacher in the position of scoring official AP assessments. To avoid a perceived conflict of interest, the College Board recommends that the immediate family or household member who is enrolled in AP Seminar or AP Research (student) should be transferred to another class section that is taught by another teacher who does not pose a conflict of interest. Alternatively, if there is only one AP Seminar or one AP Research teacher and a schedule change will not resolve the conflict, the school should designate a different teacher and ensure that the individual is properly trained on curriculum and assessment scoring — at the school’s expense — for the year(s) in which the student is enrolled in AP Seminar and/or AP Research. 

The College Board renders the aforementioned recommendations in an effort to ensure that all AP Capstone exams and courses are administered under standardized conditions and to prevent any student from receiving an unfair advantage on the AP Capstone course and exam. Such recommendations should be enforced by participating schools, their personnel, and students to the extent feasible and in accordance with each school’s then current policies and procedures applicable to such situations.

Student Extended Absence and Performance Tasks

In the event that a student experiences an unavoidable and extended absence from school and is not able to participate in the AP Capstone Performance Tasks (AP Seminar: Team Project and Presentation; Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation; AP Research: Academic Paper; Presentation and Oral Defense) or any individual components of these tasks, the school/teacher should be as accommodating as possible, using technology or other means that allow the student to participate in the entire task or one or more of its components. If the student is unable to participate, for example, in the entire Team Project and Presentation or is unable to complete one or more components of either of the two AP Seminar performance tasks, the College Board recommends to the student one of the following options:

  1. Continue in the course and have their completed tasks (or components) scored taking whatever AP score is earned. For example, if an AP Seminar student is unable to participate in the Team Project and Presentation, the student could choose to complete the Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation and the End-of-Course Exam and accept the AP score earned from these two completed assessments. (In this scenario, the teacher would remove the student from the team, and the student would receive a score of 0 for any assessment components not completed.); or
  2. Continue in the course and then cancel their scores by completing the AP Score Cancellation Form by the published deadline (usually by mid-June). For example, if a student is unable to participate in the AP Seminar Team Project and Presentation, he or she may complete the other performance task  and, if the student does not think his or her performance on the Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation and End-of-Course Exam will earn a score the student wants to keep on record, he or she may cancel the score; or
  3. The student may elect to drop the course altogether and consider re–enrolling the following academic year.

An AP Research student who does not submit an Academic Paper is ineligible to receive a score on the Presentation and Oral Defense and may elect to drop the course and re-enroll the following academic year.

The College Board renders the aforementioned recommendations in an effort to ensure that all AP Capstone exams and courses are administered under standardized conditions and to prevent any student from receiving an unfair advantage on the AP Capstone course and exam. Such recommendations should be enforced by participating schools, their personnel, and students to the extent feasible and in accordance with each school’s then current policies and procedures applicable to such situations.

If the student is unable to complete the Individual Report component of the AP Seminar Team Project and Presentation Task, the student would be ineligible to receive a score for the Team Multimedia Presentation since the presentation is dependent on all team members' individual research. As a result, the student would receive no score for the entire Team Project and Presentation.

Students who do not complete the Individual Written Argument are not eligible to receive scores in the Individual Multimedia Presentation or the Individual Oral Defense.

It is also acceptable for an AP Seminar student who has not completed one or more AP Seminar Performance Tasks to take the End-of-Course Exam.

If an AP Research student is unable to complete the Academic Paper, the student would be ineligible to receive a score for the Presentation and Oral Defense because the presentation and oral defense component is dependent on the research in the Academic Paper.