AP Seminar

This year, your AP Seminar score will be computed from the written components of the performance tasks—the Individual Research Report and the Individual Written Argument—only.

  • Individual Research Report (IRR): 30 possible points of 78 total AP Seminar points
  • Individual Written Argument (IWA): 48 possible points of 78 total AP Seminar points

The Team Multimedia Presentation and Defense and Individual Multimedia Presentation and Oral Defense won't be included in the assessment, and there'll be no written end-of-course exam.

There will be no written end-of-course exam this year. There will also be no Team Multimedia Presentation and Defense or Individual Multimedia Presentation and Oral Defense requirement.

Note: Presentations don't need to be scored (and scores don’t need to be entered in the AP Digital Portfolio) by AP Seminar teachers; however, teachers may choose to use presentations for classroom grades.

Performance tasks due date

The deadline for submission of the Individual Research Report and the Individual Written Argument in the AP Digital Portfolio is extended to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET. You must submit your work by this deadline in order for it to be scored. No further extensions will be granted.

Performance tasks

Task

Individual Research Report

Individual Written Argument

Weighting

30 possible points of 78 total AP Seminar points

48 possible points of 78 total AP Seminar points

Task description

The Individual Research Report (IRR) is the first of the 2 components in the Team Project and Presentation. Students work in teams of 3–5 to identify, investigate, analyze, and evaluate an academic or real-world problem, question, or issue. Each team develops a team research question and conducts preliminary research. They identify approaches, perspectives, or lenses and divide responsibilities among themselves for individual research that will address the team’s research question. Individually, students investigate their assigned approach, perspectives, or lens on the issue or topic, and each student presents their findings and analysis to the group in a report of 1,200 words.

College Board provides stimulus material (texts) representing a range of perspectives focused on a single theme or topic. Students use these texts to identify their own research question; research, analyze, evaluate, and select evidence to develop a written argument of 2,000 words conveying their own perspective.

Other course-specific info

Submitting work in the AP Digital Portfolio

Files must be submitted in PDF format. Students who need help with digital submission should see the AP Digital Portfolio: Student User Guide for AP Capstone (.pdf/827 KB).

Go to the AP Digital Portfolio.

Students who no longer want their work to be scored

Students who no longer wish for their work to be scored must not submit any work as final in the digital portfolio. To ensure schools do not incur AP Seminar Exam fees for students who no longer wish for their work to be scored, teachers must return any work already submitted as final in these situations. Instructions for returning work to students can be found in the AP Digital Portfolio: Teacher User Guide for AP Capstone (.pdf/1.80 MB).