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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking Online AP Exams for the latest exam information.

New Secure Practice Exams
The second of three new secure AP Comparative Government and Politics practice exams is now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank. The third will be posted later in the spring.

Each practice exam matches this year’s exam specifications and includes scoring guidelines and scoring worksheets. Note: the scoring worksheets use past averages; while the worksheets account for the changes to this year’s exam, the cut score ranges may not fully align with the 2020 exam standards.

As a reminder, these exams are most appropriate for student practice late in the school year, as the exam date approaches.

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Samples and Scoring Commentary
Sample student responses to Free-Response Question 2 that have been re-scored using the 2020 rubric – along with specific scoring guidelines and commentaries that explain the assigned scores – are available on this page.

Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available, along with a scoring rubric that applies to Free Response Question 4: Argument Essay, regardless of specific question prompt.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Comparative Government and Politics student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • Thu, May 14, 2020

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam Day

    • 8 a.m. | 2 hrs 30 mins

Exam Format

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam will have question types and point values that will remain stable and consistent from year to year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Exam Updates
Currently (2019 Exam) Starting with the 2020 Exam

Section I: Multiple Choice

55 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Each question has 5 options.

Section I: Multiple Choice

55 Questions | 60 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Each question will have 4 options.
  • There will be 2 text-based sources, each accompanied by 2–3 questions.
  • There will be 3 quantitative sources, each accompanied by 2–3 questions.

 

Section II: Free Response

8 Questions | 1 Hour 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

Question types currently vary in the skills they assess:

  • 5 short-answer questions
  • 1 conceptual analysis question
  • 2 country-specific questions

 

Section II: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • 1 conceptual analysis question
  • 1 quantitative analysis question
  • 1 comparative analysis question
  • 1 argument essay: a new question type requiring students to write an argument-based essay

Exam Tasks and Content

Section 1: Multiple Choice

  • Individual questions (no stimulus): 40–44.
  • Set-based questions:
    • Quantitative Analysis: 3 sets of questions asking students to analyze a quantitative stimulus (line graphs, charts, tables, maps, or infographics)
    • Qualitative Analysis: 2 sets of questions asking students to analyze text-based secondary sources
  • There will be less focus on knowledge about the individual countries and more on concepts and on comparisons between different concepts and different countries. The 6 countries addressed in AP Comparative Government and Politics will remain the same:  China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Section 2: Free Response

  • Concept Application: Define or describe a political concept and explain and/or compare political systems, principles, institutions, processes, policies, or behaviors.
  • Quantitative Analysis: Analyze quantitative data, identify a trend or pattern, or draw a conclusion from a visual representation and explain how it relates to political systems, principles, institutions, processes, policies, or behaviors.
  • Comparative Analysis: Compare political concepts, systems, institutions, or policies in different course countries.
  • Argument Essay: Develop an argument in the form of an essay, using evidence from course countries related to the course concepts in the question prompt.

Scoring Information for 2019-20

The student samples below are from a pilot of the 2020 exam that we conducted in 2018. Students in the pilot were responding to Free-Response Question 4 from the 2016 exam administration. 

The samples were re-scored using a rubric aligned with the current AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description. Scoring commentaries and specific scoring guidelines that explain how the 2020 rubric was applied are also provided below.

Sample Student Responses and Scoring Commentaries Aligned with the 2020 Rubric