AP Capstone Research and Seminar


The ProCon.org resources listed below can be used to supplement the instruction of AP Capstone Seminar and Research Courses. They are geared to match College Board learning outcomes and test preparation, while also advancing critical thinking with real-world information about important policy issues. Research teachers who are not preparing for the AP test may also find the resources useful.

"AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses.

In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments.

In AP Research, students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research in order to produce and defend a scholarly academic paper."

College Board, "AP Research," collegeboard.org (accessed July 21, 2016)


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Related Links

  1. Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Resources