🔍 2024 AP Research Study Plan

Welcome to this plethora of resources that cover everything you need to know to get a 5 on AP Research! This toolkit is constantly being updated with more resources! AP Research is the second part of the Capstone experience in which you will design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question.

🚨 All you need to know about the 2024 AP Research Exam!

The AP Research Curriculum

The AP Research curriculum is based on five big ideas.

Big Idea 1: Question and Explore
Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze
Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas
Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit

AP Research Skills

By taking AP Research, you’ll develop a variety of transferrable skills and proficiencies that will help you think and act like a researcher.

Skill Proficiencies
Produce Scholarly Work

Establish Argument

Demonstrating the significance of one’s research by explaining the rationale behind the choices made in the research process and logically connecting the findings to one’s conclusions or new understandings

Select and Use Evidence

Evaluating the significance of the findings, results, or product to the purpose or goal of one’s inquiry and strategically choosing such evidence to effectively support claims

Employ Research Practices

Research Design

Narrowing a focus of inquiry and identifying an aligned, ethical, feasible approach or method to accomplish the purpose of the research question and/or project goal

Analyze Sources and Evidence

Understand and Analyze Argument

Analyzing evidence for what is known about one’s topic of inquiry to further focus and situate one’s research question or project goal

Evaluate Sources and Evidence

Evaluating the credibility, relevance, and significance of sources and evidence to the choices made in the inquiry process

Understand Context and Perspective

Understand and Analyze Context

Contextualizing the purpose and significance of one’s topic of inquiry within a broader field or discipline

Communicate (interpersonal and intrapersonal)

Engage Audience

Choosing and employing effective written and oral communication techniques, considering audience, context, and purpose to convey and defend conclusions or new understandings

Apply Conventions

Choosing and consistently applying an appropriate citation style and effective conventions of writing


Working constructively with others to accomplish a team goal or task


Identifying challenges, successes, and moments of insight throughout one’s inquiry, which transformed one’s own thinking and reasoning

Study Guides for Every Unit

🤨 Unit 1 – Question and Explore

🔎 Unit 2 – Understand and Analyze

👥 Unit 3 – Evaluate Multiple Perspectives

💡 Unit 4 – Synthesize Ideas

🗣️ Unit 5 – Team, Transform, & Transmit

🎓 The Academic Paper


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