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Course Information

Defining the Course

The Course and Exam Description (.pdf/1.81MB) includes the concept outline, curriculum framework, and sample exam questions. These resources, alongside state and local requirements for American history courses, help teachers build their syllabi.

Customize for the Classroom

A new Curriculum Framework Evidence Planner (.pdf/778KB) helps teachers customize the framework by specifying the historical content selected for student focus. It can also be provided to students to track the historical evidence examined for each concept and as review for the AP Exam.

Submit a Syllabus

Schools and teachers develop their own curriculum for AP courses. Submitting a syllabus to the AP Course Audit ensures teachers have a thorough understanding of AP U.S. History course requirements and are authorized to teach AP. Deadline: Jan. 31.

Additional Resources

Teacher-created resources are available on our Teacher Resources page.

Course Planning and Pacing Guides demonstrate how various teachers plan and pace the curriculum:

Ted Dickson,
Providence Day School, NC (.pdf/6.12MB)

Geri Hastings,
Catonsville High School, MD (.pdf/5.74MB)

Ian Lowell,
Masuk High School, CT (.pdf/6.53MB)

Saul Straussman,
Taylor Allderdice High School, PA (.pdf/1.51MB)

Exam Information

Practice Exam

A full AP U.S. History Practice Exam (.pdf/7.36MB) demonstrates what to expect on the redesigned exam.

Secure Questions

Teachers can access an initial set of practice exam questions – including long essay, multiple-choice, and short-answer questions covering Periods 1 through 5 (approximately 1491–1877) – through their AP Course Audit accounts. In the spring, teachers will have access to another set of secure questions – including a document-based question – for Periods 6 through 9 (approximately 1865 through the present). We'll send AP U.S. History teachers an email at that time. 

To access the files, teachers should log in and click the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of their Course Status page.

About the Exam

The AP U.S. History Exam Page gives a detailed breakdown of format, content, and past exams. Students will take the redesigned AP U.S. History Exam on Friday, May 8, 2015.

A Change
to the Exam Timing

The short-answer question timing will increase by five minutes, from 45 to 50 minutes, and the free response section timing – specifically, the recommended timing for the document-based question – will decrease by five minutes, from 60 to 55 minutes. (Please note that this timing change is not yet reflected in the AP U.S. History Practice Exam above.) For more information, visit the AP U.S. History Exam Page.


The AP Program has been overwhelmed not just by the support and encouragement of the majority of AP U.S. History teachers who have championed the new course and exam, but also by unsolicited support from the nation's leading professional history associations. If you ever need help in clarifying the false information that has been circulated about the AP U.S. History course, you may find the following endorsements helpful:

Professional Development

The AP Program has developed a comprehensive online resource that guides AP U.S. History teachers through practicing and assessing analytic writing responses with their students. Go to AP U.S. History Professional Development for more information about this and other professional development opportunities, including in-person workshops.


U.S. History Curriculum Framework Public Comment Form

If you wish to propose evidence-based changes to the AP US History Curriculum Framework, please do so from
October 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015. After that time, all collected feedback will be reviewed and considered by the AP U.S. History Course and Exam Development Committee. If you have any additional questions, please email