Free AP Human Geography Practice Tests

What is the AP Human Geography test?

The AP Human Geography Exam tests a student's understanding of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students should know how to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences and the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

Who gives it? College Board

The AP Human Geography test is given by The College Board which is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Who can take it?

This exam is available to all but is especially relevant to juniors and senior high school students.

When and where can I take it?

Schedule a meeting with your school counselor or a teacher to learn about the process for taking this exam including deadlines for signing up for courses at your school.

What happens when I pass?

There are many reasons to take AP courses but many students choose the AP Human Geography exam to set themselves apart in college admission and to earn the college credit and placement that come with a successful exam score.

Additional information

The exam is approximately two hours and 15 minutes long and has two parts - multiple choice and free response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I is Multiple Choice consisting of 75 Questions with a 1 hour time limit. This section tests your ability to use and think about maps and spatial data, your understanding of how the world looks from a spatial perspective, your ability to interpret patterns and processes at different scales, your understanding of regions, and finally, your ability to characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II is Free Response consisting of 3 Questions with 1 hour and 15 minute time limit. This section requires you to interrelate different topical areas and to analyze and evaluate geographical concepts. Some questions may be based on stimulus material such as verbal description, maps, graphs, photographs, and diagrams. You are expected to demonstrate both analytical and organizational skills in your essays. Remember to answer each question in the way it is structured as points are allocated for sub-parts of the question and not for the overall answer.

Multiple Choice Practice Test

Questions cover geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use.
72 Questions

Terms & Definitions Practice Test

Choose the correct definition for terms covering religion, politics, language, and history.
54 Questions