AP European History Exam Information

Learn What Score You'll Need and What Course Credit You'll Receive

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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. According to the AP website, the exam covers five equally important themes: Interaction of Europe and the World, Poverty, and Prosperity, Objective Knowledge and Subjective Visions, States and Other Institutions of Power, and Individual and Society.

In 2016, just over 109,000 students took the exam and earned a mean score of 2.71.

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 course can be particularly valuable for students who have interests in history, different cultures, global studies, government, comparative literature, political science, and many other fields.

The table 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, and always check with a college to get the most up-to-date AP placement information.

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The distribution of scores for the AP European History exam is as follows (2016 data):

  • 5 - 7.4
  • 4 - 16.0%
  • 3 - 29.2%
  • 2 - 35.1%
  • 1 - 12.3%

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
CollegeScore NeededPlacement Credit
Georgia Tech4 or 5HTS 1031 (3 semester hours)
Grinnell College4 or 54 semester credits; HIS 101
LSU3, 4 or 5HIST 1003 (3 credits) for a 3; HIST 2021, 2022 (6 credits) for a 4 or 5
MIT59 general elective units; no placement
Mississippi State University3, 4 or 5HI 1213 (3 credits) for a 3; HI 1213 and HI 1223 (6 credits) for a 4 or 5
Notre Dame5History 10020 (3 credits)
Reed College4 or 51 credit; no placement
Stanford University-no credit or placement for AP European History
Truman State University3, 4 or 5HIST 133 World Civilizations, 1700 to Present (3 credits)
UCLA (School of Letters and Science)3, 4 or 58 credits and European History placement
Yale University-no credit or placement for AP European History
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