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AP European History Exam Information

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The AP European History exam covers cultural, intellectual, political, diplomatic, social and economic themes in Europe from 1450 to the present. In 2011, over 107,000 students took the exam and earned a mean score of 2.81. Most colleges and universities have a history or global perspectives requirement, so a high score on the AP European History exam will sometimes fulfill one of these requirements.

The chart below presents some representative data from a variety of colleges and universities. This information is meant to provide a general overview of the scoring and placement practices related to the AP European History exam. For schools not listed here, you'll need to search the college website or contact the appropriate Registrar's office to get AP placement information.

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The distribution of scores for the AP European History exam is as follows (2011 data):

  • 5 - 10.6%
  • 4 - 18.7%
  • 3 - 35.5%
  • 2 - 11.6%
  • 1 - 23.6%
To learn more specific information about the AP European History exam, be sure to visit the official College Board website.

AP European History Scores and Placement
College Score Needed Placement Credit
Georgia Tech 4 or 5 HTS 1031 (3 semester hours)
Grinnell College 4 or 5 4 semester credits; HIS 101
LSU 3, 4 or 5 HIST 1003 (3 credits) for a 3; HIST 2021, 2022 (6 credits) for a 4 or 5
MIT 5 9 general elective units; no placement
Mississippi State University 3, 4 or 5 HI 1213 (3 credits) for a 3; HI 1213 and HI 1223 (6 credits) for a 4 or 5
Notre Dame 5 History 10020 (3 credits)
Reed College 4 or 5 1 credit; no placement
Stanford University - no credit or placement for AP European History
Truman State University 3, 4 or 5 HIST 133 World Civilizations, 1700 to Present (3 credits)
UCLA (School of Letters and Science) 3, 4 or 5 8 credits and European History placement
Yale University - no credit or placement for AP European History
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