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AP Exam Test Format. REA AP Art History Test Prepartation. I. Ancient through Medieval—30%. Greece and Rome10—15% Early Christian , Byzantine, Early Medieval5—10% Romanesque3—7% Gothic7—10%. II. Beyond the European Tradition– 20%.

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AP Exam Test Format

REA AP Art History Test Prepartation


I. Ancient through Medieval—30%

  • Greece and Rome10—15%

  • Early Christian , Byzantine, Early Medieval5—10%

  • Romanesque3—7%

  • Gothic7—10%


II. Beyond the European Tradition– 20%

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


III. Renaissance to Present—50%

  • 14th thru 16th Centuries12—17%

  • 17th through 18 Centuries10—15%

  • 19th Century10—15%

  • 20th and 21st Centuries10—15%


About the Exam

  • 3 hours long

  • 115 multiple-choice questions

  • 7 short essays

  • 2 long essays


Exam Format

  • Part A: Slide-base Multiple-choice Questions

  • Part B: Multiple-choice Questions

  • Long Essay

  • Short Essay

  • Long Essay


Section I (One hour)

  • Part A: Slide-based Multiple-Choice Questions (.69 point per question)

  • Four sets of images

  • Each set contains seven to nine questions

  • Fours minutes to answer each set


Section I (One Hour)

  • Part B: Multiple-choice Questions (.69 point per question)

  • 85 to 87 questions

  • About half refer to specific works of art that are illustrated

  • Part A & B total 115 questions (then a break)


Section II: Free-response Questions

  • Long Essay Question (25 points)

  • Must incorporate at least one example from beyond the European tradition

  • 30 Minutes


Section II: Free-response Questions

  • Short Essay Questions (10 points per question)

  • 7 timed essays

    • Two 5-minute essays

    • Five 10-minute essays

  • Based on slides and one primary source quote

  • 60 Minutes


Section II: Free-response Questions

  • Long Essay Question (25 points per question)

  • The question asks you to address significant art history themes and problems.

  • You must use specific examples

  • 30 Minutes


Scoring Multiple Choice (80 points)

  • 1 point per correct answer

  • Incorrect answers are 1 x 1/3

  • Example: imagine you answer 100 questions correctly and 15 questions incorrectly

    100 – (15 x 1/3)

    100 – 5 = 95

    95 x .69

    66


Scoring Short Essay (70 points)

  • Each of the 7 essays is worth 10 points

  • Readers grade them on a 4-point scale

  • Total score is multiplied by 2.5

    7 essays x 4 points = 28 points

    28 points x 2.5 = 70 points


Scoring the Long Essay (50 points)

  • Each of the two longs essays is worth 25 points

  • Essays are scored on a scale of 0—9

  • The score is multiplied by 2.77


Strategy Short Essay (4 points)

  • Each short essay begins with a question asking you to identify the date, the artist, the architect, or the work (1 point)

  • Then you must answer the question

    • Be sure to give at least 3 more important facts or observations to earn the 4 points


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