This site is designed to support AP teachers and other K—12 educators as they prepare for the new and redesigned AP courses and exams that will be launching in the coming years.
Once a new or redesigned course has launched, educators should use the subject's course home page on AP Central as their home base for information and resources.
AP Course and Exam Redesign
To ensure that its courses and exams are aligned with best practices in college-level learning, AP is undergoing a comprehensive redesign, revising several subjects per year. The goal is to design and develop revised courses that promote deep understanding and retention by defining and constraining the content so that students have ample opportunity during the school year to develop excellence and understanding through sustained focus on key concepts and practice of essential skills.
Below are some hallmarks of the redesigned AP courses and exams:
- Greater emphasis on discipline-specific inquiry, reasoning, and communication skills, cited in the science practices, historical thinking skills, and for world languages, the instructional goals identified by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century
- Rigorous, research-based curricula, modeled on introductory college courses, that strike a balance between breadth of content coverage and depth of understanding
- Standards informed by recommendations from national academic organizations and the results of curriculum studies conducted at four-year colleges and universities
- Detailed curriculum frameworks that tie discipline-specific concepts, themes, and skills to a set of key learning objectives
- Exam questions designed to elicit evidence of student achievement for each learning objective
AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses.