AP Art and Design: 3-D Portfolios, 2021 Results

The following data reflect all 4,568 students worldwide who created and submitted AP Art and Design 3-D portfolios this year.

Total group score distributions, 2021 vs. 2019

The following table enables comparisons of student performance in 2021 to student performance prior to the covid-19 pandemic:

AP Score 2019 2021
5 10% 7%
4 22% 29%
3 38% 36%
2 26% 25%
1 4% 4%

Of these 4,568 students, 46 achieved every point possible (100 total) from every single professor, artist, and teacher who reviewed their work, an astonishing achievement.

Student performance information

As can be seen in the relatively low percentage of 1s in comparison to most AP subjects, student performance was generally solid—with little variation across each of the scoring criteria for the Sustained Investigation and the Selected Works sections.

Sustained Investigation: Across the 4 criteria, performance was quite similar, but the following slight variations may be of interest to Art and Design teachers.

  • Students were most able to earn all 6 points possible on the “inquiry” criterion, which accounts for 20% of the Sustained Investigation score; ~15% of students earned all 6 points on this criterion.
  • The lowest-scoring of the 4 criteria was the “skills” criterion, 11% of students earned all 6 points on this criterion, while 22% of students earned less than 3 points.

Selected Works: These five selected works account for 40% of the overall AP portfolio score. Out of the total 40 points possible for this section of the portfolio, 4% of students earned all 40 points. The average score was 24.