Ap World History Essay Prompts 2014

You can use the resources below as you prepare for the AP Exam.

Click here for details about the exam format.

Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice, short-answer, and free-response questions in the AP World History Practice Exam(.pdf/1.4MB).

Update, November 2017: The AP World History Practice Exam has been updated to reflect changes to the wording of the long essay question prompt.

Sample Responses

Student responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.

Short-Answer Response Booklets

Review the information about the short-answer response booklets before exam day so that you understand where to write your answers and the amount of space provided for each response. The watermarks on the pages for Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, as well as the instruction at the top of each page, indicate which question you should be answering on each page of the booklet. You’ll need to write your answers on the correct page in the booklet on exam day.

Exam Practice Tips

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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

2017

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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The following free-response questions and scoring guidelines do not reflect the 2016-17 revisions to the AP World History Exam. To access the files below, you’ll 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.  

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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For free-response questions from the 2017 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below. Please note that these questions do not reflect the format of the 2018 exam. Similar resources for the 2018 exam will be available after the exam administration in May 2018.

Past exam questions from the May 2016 administrations and before are also available. Note that these questions do not reflect the content, scope, or design specifications of the revised AP World History Exam.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

Note: The scoring guidelines in this table were used to score the 2017 AP World History Exam. Updated rubrics for the 2017-18 school year are available above, under Updated Rubrics for 2018.

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