The way the AP® European History Exam is scored is simple: on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the worst score you can get and 5 being the best. Each section on the exam itself holds a different weight in the final score. To understand it, let’s take a look at the format now—and then we’ll look at what’s considered a good score on the AP® European History Exam.

How is the AP® European History Exam scored?

Here is what the format of the AP® European History exam looks like—along with how much of the exam score depends on each section:

Section I Section II
Part A: Multiple choice (55 minutes)
  • 55 questions
  • 40% of total exam score
Part A: Document analysis (60 minutes + 15 minutes  reading time)
  • One question
  • 25% of total exam score
Part B: Short answer (40 minutes)
  • 3 questions
  • 20% of total exam score
Part B: Long essay (40 minutes)
  • One question
  • 15% of total exam score

Take a closer look at this handy chart for the score breakdown for each section:

Section Score
Section I: 60% overall
Part A: 40%
Part B: 20%
Section II: 40% overall
Part A: 25%
Part B: 15%

What is a good score on the AP® European History Exam?

As mentioned above, the AP® exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. The higher the score, the better.

Check out the table below for a good breakdown of what each score means.

AP® Score

What it means


Extremely well qualified. The highest score you can get on your AP® European History exam. This score typically guarantees college credit.


Very well qualified. While this isn’t the highest score possible, it’s still a very good score. You’ll typically get college credit with it.


Qualified. Some schools will give you college credit for this score, but there is room for improvement.


Possibly qualified. If you can, you’ll want to retake the exam as schools most likely won’t give credit for this score.


No recommendation. Sign up to retake the exam if you can—and use one of Marco Learning’s free study guides to help you.

When it comes to the AP® European History Exam, you’ll want to aim for 3 or higher. Most colleges will give you college credit if you score within that range.

However, this isn’t really a hard and fast rule for every school. If you want to know exactly the score you need for a specific school, contact their registrar’s office and ask for information regarding their AP® credit policies. You can also check a school’s website for more information.

NOTE: Schools sometimes change the score required for AP® college credit. Be sure to check in with the school to make sure you have the most recent information.

When you can find out your score

The 2020 AP® European History Exam will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm local time.

Exams will take place at designated AP® test taking facilities unless students have approved exemptions from the College Board (e.g. if the student is overseas).

After the exam, students will have to wait for two months before they can find out their score in July. While there’s no specific date for the release of individual scores yet, students can check the College Board website for more information as we get closer to July.

At that point there’s not much students can do other than wait. So try to relax as best you can as you wait for your scores to come in.

Get the best score you can

For your AP® exam, you want to make sure you can get the best score possible. Don’t just aim for a 3. Shoot for a 5! Even if you think that’s not possible, you might just surprise yourself.

You can make great scores more of a reality by preparing for the exam.

That’s why we want to help. Marco Learning has created a host of resources to help you prepare for AP® exams, including video lessons, study guides, drills, and, most importantly, practice tests.

Download an AP® European History practice exam for FREE here.

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