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  • Are this year’s AP exams different because of the current COVID-19 pandemic?

    Currently, CollegeBoard is planning a traditional, in-person AP exam administration for May 2021. If circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic do not allow for in-person testing, an alternate solution will be found (likely involving online testing).

  • What colleges accept AP Human Geography?

    Many colleges will award 3 elective course credits to students who score a 3 or higher on the AP Human Geography exam. Some colleges require students to score a 4 or a 5 in order to earn credit, and still other colleges do not offer any credit for AP Human Geography, regardless of a student’s score. However, all colleges look closely at the difficulty and rigor of students’ high school courses, so even if you can’t earn college credit, AP Human Geography may still be a good option for you.

  • What is AP Human Geography?

    AP Human Geography is similar to an introductory college-level course that explores the patterns and processes that have shaped the understanding, use, and alteration of the earth. In particular, AP Human Geography focuses on the following topics:

    • Geography
    • Population and migration
    • Cultural patterns and processes
    • Political organization
    • Agriculture and rural land use
    • Industrialization
    • Urban land use
  • How do I study for AP Human Geography?

    To optimize your study time when it comes to the AP Human Geography exam, first take a look at how long you have between now and the test.

    If you have at least two months:

    • Complete a practice test to figure out which concepts you need to focus on
    • Study those concepts using your favorite study aids (quizzes, study packets, flashcards)
    • Complete another practice test to assess your progress, and then review the answers and explanations
    • Continue to study the concepts that are your greatest areas of opportunity
    • Complete one more practice test before the test

    If you have about one month:

    • Complete a practice test to figure out which concepts you need to focus on
    • Study those concepts using your favorite study aids (quizzes, study packets, flashcards)
    • Complete another practice test before the test to assess your progress, and then review the answers and explanations

    If you have two weeks or less:

    • Study the concepts you find most challenging using your favorite study aids (quizzes, study packets, flashcards)
    • Complete a practice test and review the answers and explanations
  • How is the AP Human Geography exam scored?

    The AP Human Geography exam includes two sections, each of which count for half of the total exam score: 

    • Section I: 75 multiple-choice questions, 1 hour, 50% of total score 
    • Section II: 3 free-response questions, 1 hour and 15 minutes, 50% of total score
  • What happened last year to the APs?

    In May 2020, since most schools were closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic AP exams were administered online. The exams were 45 minutes long and had only free-response questions. CollegeBoard is not currently planning to repeat this in May 2021. They anticipate a traditional, in-person exam administration this spring.