AP Research

  • About the Course

    Build on what you learned in AP Seminar to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, you will design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.

    Skills You'll Learn
    • Conducting independent research
    • Analyzing sources and evidence
    • Applying context and perspective
    • Writing a college-level academic paper
    • Presenting research findings to an audience

    Equivalency and Prerequisites

    College Course Equivalent

    AP Research is an interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking and academic research skills on a topic of the student’s choosing. To accommodate the wide range of student topics, typical college course equivalents include introductory research or general elective courses.

    Recommended Prerequisites

    Students must have successfully completed the AP Seminar course.

    Course Content

    Big Idea 1: Question and Explore

    You’ll learn about the first step of doing research: inquiry and investigation.

    You’ll practice:

    • Identifying a problem or issue and developing a question about it
    • Finding and organizing the information you need to answer the question
    • Evaluating the sources of information you use
    • Looking at the problem or issue from different perspectives

    Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze

    You’ll learn to read, comprehend, and explain a perspective or argument.

    You’ll practice:

    • Reading critically for a purpose
    • Explaining and analyzing the line of reasoning of an argument
    • Evaluating the evidence an author uses to support their argument
    • Assessing potential resolutions, conclusions, or solutions raised by an argument

    Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives

    You’ll learn to compare and contrast different perspectives on an issue, idea, or problem so you can understand its complexity.

    You’ll practice:

    • Identifying, comparing, and interpreting different perspectives on, or arguments about, an issue
    • Evaluating objections, implications, and limitations of different perspectives or arguments

    Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas

    You’ll learn to take the information you’ve gathered, analyzed, and evaluated and use it to form your own conclusions and build your own argument.

    You’ll practice:

    • Formulating a well-reasoned argument
    • Using data and information from various sources to develop and support an argument
    • Linking evidence to claims
    • Offering resolutions, conclusions, or solutions based on evidence

    Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit

    You’ll learn peer review practices and how to communicate your ideas to an audience.

    You’ll practice:

    • Planning, producing, and presenting an argument while considering the audience, context, and purpose
    • Communicating information through appropriate media
    • Using effective techniques to engage an audience

    This information is taken from the College Board website. Additional information about AP Research can be found here.