The AP Research (year-long) course is the final course in the AP Capstone experience. AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. In this course students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research in order to produce and defend a scholarly academic paper. Â College Board recommends this course for grades 11 and 12 and states that students must have successfully completed AP Seminar.