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AP Style Quiz


Test your knowledge with a series of 10-question quizzes. There are more than 175 AP Style questions in the following quizzes (last updated June 30, 2014).
AP Style Quiz 1                   AP Style Quiz 7                 AP Style Quiz 13                
AP Style Quiz 2                   AP Style Quiz 8                 AP Style Quiz 14
AP Style Quiz 3                   AP Style Quiz 9                 AP Style Quiz 15
AP Style Quiz 4                   AP Style Quiz 10              AP Style Quiz 16
AP Style Quiz 5                   AP Style Quiz 11               AP Style Quiz 17
AP Style Quiz 6                   AP Style Quiz 12              AP Style Quiz 18


  1. Bob "Pritch" Pritchard says:

    The second sentence of your AP Style Quiz introduction should read “There are more than 175 AP Style questions in the following quizzes.”

    • Tracy Sims says:

      Thank you. We have now made that AP style edit.

      • McCormick says:

        Bob, the only sentence of your comment should have a comma after “read.” Also, you never thank Platform for its awesomeness. No prob, Bob, I’ve gotcha there, too: Tracy, many thanks for your consideration of my grumpy friend here as well as the practice quizzes, which help me out practically all the time.

  2. College Kid says:

    Thank you so much! This is a great resource!

  3. Mirna Allam says:

    these quizzes are very very informative !! Thanks so much

  4. A helpful tool for teachers to use with Media & Publications students.

  5. Is there an error in the answer in Quiz 1, question 4? The question reads: “Let’s meet at 530 Watermelon Rd./Road. The answer given is Road. But if I’m reading correctly, under abbreviations and acronyms, as well as in addresses, it states the abbreviation should be used for numbered addresses?

    • Tracy Sims says:

      Thank you for your question. Only “street,” “boulevard” and “avenue” are abbreviated in numbered addresses. See the “addresses” entry in the AP Stylebook.

    • Patricia says:

      Minor quibble…here’s the response I received after taking one of the quizzes: “Congratulations – you have completed AP Style Quiz 7. You scored 10 out of 10. Your performance have been rated as ‘Unbeatable.’”

      Shouldn’t the word “have” in the last sentence be “has?”

      Minor quibble! I’m very grateful for these quizzes because I use both AP and APA styles quite often!

      • Tracy Sims says:

        Thank you, Patricia, for bringing this error to our attention. We’ve now corrected it in all of the quizzes.

        Tracy Sims
        Faculty Editor

  6. Thanks for making a great resource!

  7. Great resource–thank you! Any plans to update it to include some of the changes in 2013 Style Guide?

    • Thanks for the comment, Mike. We do plan to incorporate 2013 AP style changes in the next round of quizzes we add to site. Are there any you would specifically suggest that we cover?

  8. I don’t understand why in Quiz 9 full time would be hyphenated?

    • Tracy Sims says:

      Hi, Britney. Per AP style, you hyphenate compound adjectives after a form of the “to be” verb, such as “is” in this sentence. Essentially, the compound adjective is modifying the subject of the sentence.

      • I agree with Britney. AP Style Guide says, “Hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: He works full time. She has a full-time job.”

        • Tracy Sims says:

          The hyphenation here has to do with the compound modifier following a “to-be” verb. According to the online AP Stylebook, “But when a modifier that would be hyphenated before a noun occurs instead after a form of the verb to be, the hyphen usually must be retained to avoid confusion: The man is well-known. The woman is quick-witted. The children are soft-spoken. The play is second-rate.

  9. These quizzes are wonderful. Does anyone have a quiz that is directed at media law?

  10. I was very thrown off when the correct answer in Quiz 3 was “flyer” instead of “flier” because Merriam Webster has “flyer” as a variant of “flier.” In my 2007 AP Style Guide, it uses “Flyer” as the “proper name of some trains and buses.” But “flier” is a “handbill.” Now of course it’s 7 years old but one seems to be as correct as the other.

    • Tracy Sims says:

      Hi, Shamontiel. I just checked Quiz 3 to ensure that the correct answer given is “fliers,” which is AP style as you note. I don’t see a problem with the quiz question set up, and when I took the quiz, it said “fliers” was the correct answer. So, I’m not sure why you experienced the problem you did.

  11. In Quiz 6 and 8, we accidentally get the answers. For the last question about “President,” the word is listed twice. And information on the AP Stylebook is mentioned in the “character/reputation” question in Quiz 8. I love taking these quizzes, by the way. Just giving you some feedback. (You don’t have to approve this comment. Just for your eyes only.)

    • Tracy Sims says:

      Thank you for pointing out these errors, which now have been corrected. We always appreciate such feedback!

    • Karen Vigil says:

      In Quiz 9, the specific AP notation is: full time, full-time
      Hyphenate when used as a compound modifier:

      He works full time. She has a full-time job.

    • Karen Vigil says:

      In Quiz 9 for decades, the notation is: Use Arabic figures to indicate decades of history. Use an apostrophe to indicate numerous that are left out; show plural by adding the letter s: the 1890s, the ’90s, the Gay 90s, the 1920s, the mid-1930s.

  12. becca schimmel says:

    In quiz 12 question 7 the people/peoples of Africa speak many different languages.

    Peoples is incorrect. people’s, people and persons are the only alternatives according to the 2012 version of the AP stylebook.

    • Tracy Sims says:

      Hi, Becca. This example comes directly from the AP Stylebook. See the last paragraph in the “people, persons” entry: “People also is a collective noun that takes a plural verb when used to refer to a single race or nation: The American people are united. In this sense, the plural is peoples: The peoples of Africa speak many languages.”

  13. Alex Ivey says:

    Shouldn’t the questions for Quiz 1, Question 6 and Quiz 4, Question 3 abbreviate the state names? From what I can tell, AP Style says to abbreviate the state names when they are paired with cities (i.e., “Apple Valley, Minn.” and “Springfield, Ill.”) and you are suppose to spell them out completely when they are by themselves.

    • Tracy Sims says:

      That was AP style for state names until this year. Now the AP Stylebook says that state names “should be spelled out when used in the body of a story, whether standing alone or in conjunction with a city, town, village or military base.” This rule does not apply to datelines.

  14. Shouldn’t states be abbreviated when they appear with a city? Every time I select the correct answer based on the AP style guide, it is marked as incorrect.


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