AP Art History Exam 2020

Makeup test date and times

Date: June 3

Hawaii Time: 10 a.m.
Alaska Time: 12 p.m.
Pacific Time: 1 p.m.
Mountain Time: 2 p.m.
Central Time: 3 p.m.
Eastern Time: 4 p.m.

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Exam conflicts

If you have two makeup exams at the same time, you’ll be able to take one in the makeup testing window and the other in the final exception testing window in late June.

Exam timing

On exam day, you'll click on the link in your e-ticket 30 minutes before the start time for your exam and fill in some information.

A timer will show how much time remains until the start of the exam.

Once the exam starts, the first exam question will automatically appear, and another timer will start counting down.

Your timer will show 30 minutes. You should take 25 minutes to read the question and work on your response, and 5 minutes to submit it. When the timer gets to 5 minutes, an alert will show. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response. Once your response to Question 1 has been submitted, you can’t go back to it.

When your submission for Question 1 is complete, the second exam question will appear and the timer will show 20 minutes. You should take 15 minutes to read the question and work on your response and 5 minutes to submit it. Again, the timer will give you an alert when 5 minutes remain. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response.

What to have ready on exam day

Required

  • e-ticket email (you’ll receive this two days before your exam)
  • Completed Exam Day Checklist, including AP ID
  • Device: laptop, tablet, smartphone, desktop computer
  • Browser: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Edge
  • Internet or cellular connection
  • Assistive technology and devices (if applicable, for students approved to test with accommodations)

Recommended for students typing responses

Permitted

  • Your class notes or study guides
  • Textbooks and other classroom resources
  • Previous assignments or assessments

     

Questions

Question 1 (25 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

65%

Question name

Essay: Comparison

Question description

Question 1 is a long essay question that assesses students’ ability to compare 2 works of art:

  • The first work is required and is part of the image set. Although an image of this work will be provided as part of the question prompt, there will be no identifying information.
  • The second work is selected by the student from a list of suggested works from the required image set (but with no images provided). Students may instead select a different work of art from any content area to compare with the required work.

 

This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Use specific and relevant evidence to explain how the 2 works of art are similar and different in how they convey meaning.
  • Use specific and relevant evidence to explain the meaning or significance of similarities and differences between the 2 works of art.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

FRQ 1


Students will need to specify which work of art they choose for the second work. However, detailed identification information (such as artist, culture, date, etc.) is not required, and points will not be granted for providing detailed identification information.We will provide additional information on how students will access and complete this question closer to the exam date.


For the second work of art (selected by the student), the student may choose any of: (a) one of a list of suggested works, provided with the exam; (b) any work from the course (any of units 1–10) that is relevant to the prompt, or (c) any work that is relevant to the prompt, even if it is outside the 250 required works for the course.

Question 2 (15 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

35%

Question name

Short Essay: Continuity and Change

Question description

Question 2 is a short essay question that assesses students’ ability to analyze the relationships between a work of art from the image set (image provided as part of the question prompt, but without any identifying information) and a related artistic tradition, style, and/or practice. This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Explain how or why the work of art demonstrates continuity or change within an artistic tradition or practice.
  • Analyze meaning or significance of an art historical interpretation of the work of art provided.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

FRQ 6

What’s covered

Units eligible for 2020 exam: Units 1–6

Units not included in 2020 exam: Units 7–10

Sample Questions for the 2020 exam 

Download example questions (.pdf/2.6 MB) similar to what you'll see on the 2020 AP Art History Exam.

Resources