Past Ap World History Comparative Essay Prompts

You can use the resources below as you prepare for the AP Exam.

Click here for details about the exam format.

Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice, short-answer, and free-response questions in the AP World History Practice Exam(.pdf/1.4MB).

Update, November 2017: The AP World History Practice Exam has been updated to reflect changes to the wording of the long essay question prompt.

Sample Responses

Student responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.

Short-Answer Response Booklets

Review the information about the short-answer response booklets before exam day so that you understand where to write your answers and the amount of space provided for each response. The watermarks on the pages for Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, as well as the instruction at the top of each page, indicate which question you should be answering on each page of the booklet. You’ll need to write your answers on the correct page in the booklet on exam day.

Exam Practice Tips

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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

2017

All documents are PDFs unless otherwise indicated.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The following free-response questions and scoring guidelines do not reflect the 2016-17 revisions to the AP World History Exam. To access the files below, you’ll need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to sign up.  

2016

All documents are PDFs unless otherwise indicated.

2015

All documents are PDFs unless otherwise indicated.

2014

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2013

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2012

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