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AP World History Score Calculator

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How to calculate the AP World History score?

College Board has not officially released a scoring formula for the latest APยฎ World History. So we have used the scores of previous students and the scoring rubric to create a function that works surprisingly well!

Enter your expected MCQ and SAQ scores in the calculator, and get your final AP World History score.

Understanding the Score System:

The AP World History exam is scored on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest possible score. Each section contributes to your final score:

  • Multiple Choice (MCQ): 55 questions, 1 point each, maximum of 55 points (40% of total score).
  • Short Answer (SAQ): 3 questions, each with 3 parts (A-C), 1 point per part, maximum of 9 points (20% of total score).
  • Document-Based Question (DBQ): 1 question, worth 8 points (20% of total score).
  • Long Essay (LEQ): 1 question, worth 8 points (20% of total score).

What is a good AP World History score?

College Credit / Implications
Not qualified
Build your history skills. Focus on building your knowledge of major historical periods and figures.
โ›”๏ธ This score rarely qualifies for credit or placement.
Possibly qualified
Some studying is needed. Brush up on your historical knowledge.
๐Ÿค” This score generally doesn't qualify for credit or placement.
You did good! You know your history basics and can support your arguments.
โœ… Some colleges might give you credit, but others might just use it for placement.
Well qualified
You've got a strong understanding of history. Keep up the good work!
๐Ÿ‘ Many colleges grant credit and/or advanced placement for a score of 4.
You're a history whiz! You can analyse complex topics, provide sophisticated evidence and arguments.
โœจ Many colleges give you credit or put you in a higher-level class.

Getting a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam is usually considered good! Most colleges have rules about giving credit for good AP scores (3 or higher). Want to know how much credit you might get at a specific school? Check out this link!

What is the average AP World History score?

We need to be careful when looking at averages. To better understand your position, look at the score distribution (figure above). In 2023, roughly 65% of the students scored 3+ on AP World History.

The average AP World History score over the last 5 years:

3+ score
Avg. score

โ€How do I get a 5 on AP World History?

I hated history in high school, especially questions which went like: "List 5 out of 14 clauses in the Treaty of Versailles". ๐Ÿ™„ Why should I remember the details of some complex agreement signed a 100 years ago? ๐Ÿคท

The reason history seems difficult is that it is taught wrong. Look at movies like Gladiator, Braveheart, Spotlight, 300 etc. It's not hard to remember dialogues or details from the movie, is it?

Only 1 in 3 students got a score of 4+ on AP World History last year, so it is a very realistic goal. There is TONS of advice on the internet, but let's cut through the non-sense, you only need 2 things:

  1. Understand history: draw a timeline of events, make connections between one action and another, visualise the scenes etc.
  2. Apply history: The whole point of learning history is to use the learnings. Use the examples from history class in your conversations, apply the ancient war tactics in your next round of League of Legends etc.
๐Ÿ† Tip: There is no penalty for guessing on the MCQ section, so it's always worth making an educated guess if you're unsure of the answer.

Important note:ย AP score won't make or break your college applications, so don't stress out too much. If you have qualified, focus on improving more impactful parts of your application.

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