AP Art History

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Advanced Placement Art History (AP Art History, AP Art, or APAH) is an Advanced Placement art history course and exam offered by the College Board.

AP Art History is designed to allow students to examine major forms of artistic expression relevant to a variety of cultures evident in wide variety of periods from present times into the past. Students acquire an ability to examine works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate their thoughts and experiences.

The course focuses on European, African, Hindu, South Asian, East Asian, Islamic, and Prehistoric art.

Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, College Board has introduced a new curriculum and exam for students to apply art historical skills to questions.[1][2]

Topic Outline[edit]

The ETS's outline for the exam is as follows:[3]

Ancient Through Medieval (30%)[edit]

  • Greece and Rome: 10-15%
  • Early Christian, Byzantine, Early Medieval: 5-10%
  • Romanesque: 3-7%
  • Gothic: 7-10%

Renaissance to Present (50%)[edit]

  • 14th-16th Centuries: 12-17%
  • 17th-18th Centuries: 10-15%
  • 19th Century: 10-15%
  • 20th Century: 10-15%

Beyond European Tradition (20%)[edit]

  • Africa (including Egypt), the Americas, Asia, Near East, Oceania, and Global Islamic Tradition

Exam[edit]

Multiple Choice (50% of Score)[edit]

  • 80 Questions in 1 Hour
  • Approximately 8 Sets of 3-6 Questions Based on Color Images
  • 35% Individual Multiple Choice Questions
  • Based on the Knowledge of the 250 Required Images

Free Response (50% of Score)[edit]

  • 6 Essay Questions in 2 Hours
  • Two 30-Minute Essay Questions
    • 7 Points Each
  • Four 15-Minute Essay Questions
    • 5 Points Each
  • Essay Questions Often Include Images of Works of Art as Stimuli
  • Based on the Knowledge of the 250 Required Images
  • Response Written in Academic Essay Format

Scoring[edit]

The multiple choice section of the exam is worth 50% of a student's score and the free-response is worth 50%. Each correctly answered multiple choice question is worth one point. As of 2011, wrong and omitted questions do not affect the raw score.[4] For the free-response section, the four short essays are each graded on a scale of 0 to 5 and the two long essays are each graded on a scale of 0 to 7.

Final Score 2016[5] 2017[6] 2018[7]
5 11.1% 11% 12.8%
4 22.6% 23.1% 24.3%
3 27.7% 27.3% 27.6%
2 27.6% 26.2% 25.5%
1 11.0% 12.4% 9.8%
% of 3 or Higher 61.4% 61.4% 64.7%
Mean Score 2.95 2.94 3.04
Number of Students 25,523 25,178 24,964

References[edit]

  1. ^ Urist, Jacoba (February 2016). "Rewriting Art History". The Atlantic.
  2. ^ http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/exam/exam_information/2053.html
  3. ^ http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-art-history-course-description.pdf
  4. ^ http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/212187.html
  5. ^ Total Registration. "2016 AP Exam Score Distributions" (PDF). secure-media.collegeboard.org. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  6. ^ Total Registration. "2017 AP Exam Score Distributions" (PDF). secure-media.collegeboard.org. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  7. ^ https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/research/2018/Student-Score-Distributions-2018.pdf

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