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Developments in AP Exams

French Language and Culture, AP German Language and Culture, and AP World History

This is an opportune time to be involved in the AP Program. Recent developments in AP world history, science and languages boldly support ongoing teachers’ efforts of coming up with better designed courses that promote effective learning and teaching at universities and colleges. By organizing courses in a consistent manner – the goal of many AP teachers – students will be able to grasp concepts faster and apply them to achieve success in college and life after college too. In addition, the adjustments will promote the use of AP courses and exams by universities and colleges in most of their placement, credit and admissions decisions.

The revisions that are discussed on this site for AP German Language and Culture, AP World History and AP French Language and Culture will be effected in the 2011/12 academic year, having their corresponding exams in May 2012.

Here are the new guidelines:

  • Revisions to foster noticeable improvement in AP courses for a wide spectrum of students
  • They should uphold and support AP validity in preparing students for smooth transition (placement) into higher-level university and college courses.
  • Articulation of the connection between the AP class and its examination is paramount.
  • The AP curricula should draw on current scholarship in the particular discipline including learning theory and assessment design.