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Important Updates

2021 Exam Information
AP Exams will cover the full content in each course, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit and placement.

Given the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year, some students may feel unsure about taking AP Exams in May. So that students feel comfortable registering by the fall deadline, this year there will be no fees whatsoever if a student decides not to test or to cancel their exams. Every AP student should keep their options open by registering for the exam on time because there will still be a $40 fee for late orders.

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AP Questions and Feedback Throughout the Year
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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). 

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

  • Event
    • THU, MAY 13, 2021, 8 AM LOCAL

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam Day

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Exam Format

Starting with the 2021 exam, 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
2019 Exam Starting with the 2021 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

Starting with the 2021 exam, 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.

  • Individual questions (no stimulus): 40–44 questions.
  • 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
  • The 6 countries addressed in AP Comparative Government and Politics are: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Section 2: Free Response

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

  • 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.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

2020 Free-Response Questions

Sign in to AP Classroom to access resources including the 2020 free-response questions, personal progress checks,  the question bank, and three practice exams aligned to the current course. Please note that scoring worksheets for the practice exams use past averages.

To preserve the large number of new FRQs for teacher use, only teachers have access to the 2020 FRQs. If you are a higher education faculty member interested in seeing questions, please fill out this request form.

2019 Free-Response Questions

The student samples below are from a pilot of the 2021 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 2021 Rubric

Past Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions and scoring information from the 2019 and earlier exams, visit Past Exam Questions.