About AP Human Geography Exam

The exam is of approximately two hours and 15 minutes and contain two sections: Multiple choice and free response. Each section comprised of 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice-75 Questions; 1 hour

The MCQ section aims to test your skills and ability to think about maps and spatial data, your understanding of how the world looks from a spatial perspective, your abilities to interpret patterns and processes at different scales, understanding of regions, and how to characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.

The section of multiple choice will cover the following topics that are quoted below:

  • Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives (5%-10%)
  • Population (13%-17%)
  • Cultural Patterns and Processes (13%-17%)
  • Political Organization of Space (13%-17%)
  • Agricultural and Rural Land Use (13%-17%)
  • Industrialization and Economic Development (13%-17%)
  • Cities and Urban Land Use (13%-17%)

It is crucial to remember that the following outline is meant to be guide only and it is not a complete list of topics or a preferred order of topics.

Total scores of the multiple-choice section will be based on the number of correct answers. Points are neither deducted for incorrect answers nor points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response-3 Questions; 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • 1 question will be based on specific concept of geography and its application to real-world situations
  • 1 question will test your ability to pull together and synthesize material from across the course
  • 1 question will test your thoroughness of knowledge of the topic and gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to apply and analyze geographic concepts across geographic contexts.

The following section aims you to develop a relation between different topical areas and to analyse and evaluate geographical concepts. Questions on stimulus material such as verbal description, maps, graphs, photographs, and diagrams may also be there. You must have to demonstrate both analytical and organizational skills in your essays. It is very important to remember that in every question, points are allocated for sub-parts of the question and not for the overall answer.