AP Style Quiz

Test your knowledge with a series of 10-question quizzes. There are more than 200 AP Style questions in the following quizzes (last updated November 1, 2017).

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
AP Style Quiz 19  AP Style Quiz 20
(health care)
 AP Style Quiz 21
(global)
AP Style Quiz 22
(entertainment)

 

51 Comments

  1. Bob "Pritch" Pritchard

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

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    • Tracy Sims

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

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      • McCormick

        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.

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        • Tracy Sims

          Thanks. We’re happy to help!

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  2. College Kid

    Thank you so much! This is a great resource!

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  3. Mirna Allam

    these quizzes are very very informative !! Thanks so much

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  4. Angela

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

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  5. AP user

    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?

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    • Tracy Sims

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

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    • Patricia

      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!

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      • Tracy Sims

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

        Sincerely,
        Tracy Sims
        Faculty Editor

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  6. Hannah Weinberger

    Thanks for making a great resource!

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  7. Mike Smith

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

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    • Tracy Sims

      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?

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  8. Britney

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

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    • Tracy Sims

      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.

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      • Shamontiel Vaughn

        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.”

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        • Tracy Sims

          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.

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  9. Tim Tyson

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

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  10. Shamontiel Vaughn

    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.

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    • Tracy Sims

      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.

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  11. Shamontiel Vaughn

    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.)

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    • Tracy Sims

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

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    • Karen Vigil

      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.

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    • Karen Vigil

      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.

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  12. becca schimmel

    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.

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    • Tracy Sims

      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.”

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  13. Alex Ivey

    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.

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    • Tracy Sims

      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.

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      • Alex Ivey

        Ah. That’s good to know. Thanks.

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  14. Selena

    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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    • Cat

      I was taking this quiz before I passed it over to a student as a resource and I think Selena is right. Minnesota should be abbreviated Minn. when used with a city name: Apple Valley, Minn., is his hometown. Note commas. I am planning to have this student point out any discrepancies in the quizzes. I’ll let you know what she finds! But thanks for a fun resource!

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      • Tracy Sims

        The 2015 AP Stylebook makes the distinction between state names in running text (body of the story) and state names in datelines. The first part of the “state names” entry says they “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. Here’s that section of the “state names” entry:

        “ABBREVIATIONS REQUIRED: Use the state abbreviations listed at the end of this section:
        –In conjunction with the name of a city, town, village or military base in most datelines. See datelines for examples and exceptions for large cities.”

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  15. Hannah Glenn

    Hey guys! I just wanted to say congrats for being the first and best result that pops up when you type in “AP style quiz” on Google! You all rock!

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  16. Tia

    I’ve taken quizzes 1 & 2 at least twice and I don’t get any results back at the end. It just says Quizzin1, then a page of blank space.

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    • Tracy Sims

      We are definitely experiencing a problem with quiz results. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We’ll resolve the problem ASAP.

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    • Tracy Sims

      The problem has been resolved. Thank you again for letting us know about it.

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  17. Teresa

    I am not sure of the question number in quiz 1, but the question asked for the correct form of MN/Minn./Minnesota in conjunction with the city, Apple Valley. I chose Minn. and it was marked incorrect with the correct answer being Minnesota. AP Stylebook 2015 reference:
    “Use the state abbreviations listed at the end of this section:
    – In conjunction with the name of a city…” (p. 250).
    Please let me know if I am overlooking something. I see I’m not the only one that identified this one 🙂
    Thank you,
    Teri

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    • Tracy Sims

      That rule applies to datelines, not copy in the body of the story. The first part of the “state names” entry says they “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. Here’s that section of the “state names” entry:

      “ABBREVIATIONS REQUIRED: Use the state abbreviations listed at the end of this section:
      –In conjunction with the name of a city, town, village or military base in most datelines. See datelines for examples and exceptions for large cities.”

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  18. Henry Bevington

    Hi there. AP Style Quiz 5 is linking to quiz 6. I’m not sure how I can open quiz 5. It’d be great to not miss out on anything. Thank you so much for the quizzes. They’ve been a great help!

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    • Tracy Sims

      Thank you for letting us know. We have corrected the link.

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      • Jen

        The link is still not working for quiz 5. It takes you to quiz 6 as does the link for quiz 6.

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        • Tracy Sims

          Thank you for letting us know. We hope to have that problem resolved soon.

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          • Nina C

            Hi, I’m just learning AP style. Are the questions in this quiz current enough to reflect changes that have been made since they were first posted? I know there have been several (including the singular “they”).

            Thanks so much for this great resource!

          • Tracy Sims

            Great question, Nina. Our quizzes currently reflect AP style through 2016 but not the 2017 changes/additions. So the use of the singular “they” in instances such as “when an anonymous source’s gender must be shielded and other wording is overly awkward” (APStylebook.com) would not be reflected yet. We plan to update our quizzes soon, but in the meanwhile, be sure to check the 2017 AP Stylebook for “What’s New” and “Recent Changes.”

  19. Mariam Jehangir

    Hi, you’re missing the word “are” in the sentence, “There more than 200 AP Style questions in the following quizzes (last updated November 1, 2017).” There should be an “are” after “There.”

    🙂

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    • Tracy Sims

      Thank you for pointing out this error, Mariam! We have made the correction.

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