What Score Do I Need on the AP® European History Exam for College Credit?

Maybe you consider yourself a bit of an Anglophile or Francophile. Maybe you want to live in Europe one day. Maybe you just want to earn college credit while in school—and learn something interesting while doing it. Whatever the case, AP® European History is a great course for you.

But you might be asking yourself: What score do I need on AP® European History Exam for college credit? The simple answer: You need a 3 or higher.

But like with anything in Europe’s history, the real answer is more complicated. That’s why we want to walk you through exactly how to find the score you need for AP® European History.

What score do I need on the AP® European History Exam?

All AP® exams are scored the same: On a scale of one to five—with one being the worst score and five being the best.

Here’s a handy chart showing you exactly what each score means to you.

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 (and really any other AP® exam), you’ll want to aim for a 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.

How others scored on the 2019 AP® European History Exam

If you’re interested in seeing a breakdown on how others have scored on this exam, check out the handy table below (data furnished by the College Board).

EXAM 5 4 3 2 1
AP® European History  11.7% 20.6% 26.1% 29.4% 12.2%

A few takeaways:

  • The least amount of students scored a 5 on the exam
  • The highest amount of students scored a 2 on the exam
  • A score of 3 was the second most common score

What does this mean? Simply put, the AP® European History Exam and course is hard—BUT that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it. In fact, students should take this as an opportunity to be challenged and learn something outside of their typical worldview. Doing so will not only help you develop your reading and writing skills, but also your critical thinking skills as well.

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 our AP® European History practice exam for FREE here.

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