The AP | Cambridge Capstone Program
To better equip high school students with the knowledge and skills that are increasingly valued by colleges, the AP Program and Cambridge International Examinations developed the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential.
Designed in response to feedback from higher education organizations, the new program aims to help students develop stronger backgrounds in independent research, collaborative teamwork and 21st-century knowledge and skills.
The AP | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential combines the in-depth subject-matter study offered through AP courses and exams with the interdisciplinary global seminar curricula and assessment of research projects and presentations offered by Cambridge International Examinations.
The new program includes three elements:
- The AP | Cambridge Interdisciplinary Investigations and Critical Reasoning Seminar, taken in 11th grade, focuses on developing inquiry skills — through writing, researching and team projects — by exploring specific topics of global relevance. Topics are selected by individual schools and are drawn from a list that includes such subjects as:
- alternatives to oil
- endangered cultures
- global climate change
- integration and multiculturalism
- medical ethics and priorities
Students in the seminar course are assessed through a written exam, a presentation and a team project.
- The AP | Cambridge Capstone Research Project, taken in the 12th grade, is an independent mentored project culminating in a 4,500- to 5,000-word academic paper. It enables students to develop practical skills in research methodology and in managing a sustained piece of academic work. Students are evaluated on their ability to design, plan and manage a research project; collect and analyze information; evaluate and make reasoned judgments; and communicate their findings and conclusions.
- AP courses (typically taken in the 11th and 12th grades) of a student’s own choice.
AP | Cambridge Capstone Credential
Students earning passing scores in the seminar course and on the research project as well as scores of 3 or higher on a minimum of three AP Exams will receive the AP | Cambridge Capstone Credential, demonstrating their proficiency in college-level subject knowledge, as well as research, communication and collaborative skills.