College Board Announces AP World History Changes

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year:

  • The AP World History Exam will assess content only from c. 1450 through the present (Periods 4–6).
  • The exam format and rubrics will stay the same, in alignment with the other two AP history exams.
  • Some content (i.e., world religions) from Periods 1–3 will be reviewed in Periods 4–6.
  • Some content clarifications will be provided.

The current AP World History course and exam cover 10,000 years of history across all seven continents. No other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year. AP World History teachers have told us over the years that the scope of content is simply too broad, and that they often need to sacrifice depth to cover it all in a single year.