AP Human Geography
Advanced Placement Geography (also known as AP Human Geo, AP Geography, APHG, AP HuGe, HGAP, APHUG, AP HUMAN) is an Advanced Placement social studies course that studies geography. The test is administered by College Board.
This college-level course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analyses to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
The AP Human Geography Exam consists of two sections. The first section consists of 75 multiple choice questions and the second section consists of 3 free-response questions. The sections are 60 and 75 minutes long, respectively. It is not necessary to answer the free-response questions in essay form; instead, points are awarded on certain key words, examples, and other vital aspects.
The topics covered by the exam are as follows:
|Geography: Its Nature and Perspective||5-10%|
|Population and Migration||13-17%|
|Cultural Patterns and Processes||13-17%|
|Political Organization of Space||13-17%|
|Agriculture and Rural Land Use||13-17%|
|Industrialization and Economic Development||13-17%|
|Cities and Urban Land Use||13-17%|
The grade distributions for the Human Geography scores since 2010 were:
|Number of Students||68,397||93,941||98,679|
College Board publishes all of the free response questions on its website. In addition, the multiple choice sections from 2001 and 2006 may be purchased from the College Board store.
If you would like to tutor 8th graders getting ready for this class, contact your local high-school.