What's on the AP Art History Exam

What’s on the AP Art History Exam? [Infographic]

AP tests are exams designed to measure a person’s grasp of a particular subject area. Passing one of these exams certifies that you have achieved a level of learning commensurate with that of a student who has passed college classes in the subject.

If you’re in high school and are preparing for college, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are a great way to go with earning college credit while still being in high school.

The AP Art History exam covers topics such as the nature of art, its meaning, uses, art making, and responses to art. Students taking the AP Art History exam will be provided with opportunities to demonstrate learning objectives, understanding and context, as well as work of art. Students who wish to take the AP exam should expect to pay a $92 fee and must score a 3 on the exam to be considered as passing. Scores on the AP exam range from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest score.

What's on the AP Art History

AP Art History Secrets Study Guide
AP Art History Secrets Study Guide

The AP Art History exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions that account for 50% of the exam. The AP exam also includes a free-response section with 6 questions total; two 30-minute essays and four 15-minute essays.

The questions on the multiple-choice section requires the test-taker to identify works, artists and cultures from 250 required works of art. They are also required to apply art historical skills to make deductions about unfamiliar works of art and to demonstrate critical analysis skills while applying an understanding of art historical concepts.

The free-response questions includes a total of 6 questions which include two 30-minute essays and four 15-minute essays. The test-taker is required to demonstrate applications of art historical skills as they respond to questions using works of art that have been studied during the course.

College Board AP Art History website: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-art-history

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