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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports that lauched in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching a new AP Macroeconomics course in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Macroeconomics unit guide

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Macroeconomics course, make sure your school administrator renews your course in 2019-20.

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

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Designing Your AP Macroeconomics Course


The AP Macroeconomics course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in macroeconomics. The purpose of your course should be to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to a market-based economic system as a whole.

There are no specific curricular prerequisites for students taking AP Macroeconomics.

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.

AP Macroeconomics Course and Exam Description

This is the core document for this course and is new for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Course Requirements

Use these resources to design your AP Macroeconomics syllabus.


Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Macroeconomics curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level economics textbook.
  • The course provides opportunities to deepen student understanding of the big ideas of the course.
  • The course provides opportunities to deepen student understanding of the required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to practice and develop the skills in:
    • Skill Category 1: Principles and Models
    • Skill Category 2: Interpretation
    • Skill Category 3: Manipulation
    • Skill Category 4: Graphing and Visuals

AP Macroeconomics resource requirements:

The school ensures that each student has a college-level macroeconomic textbook (in print or electronic format) for individual use inside and outside the classroom. The textbook is supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements.

The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of the most recent edition of a college-level macroeconomics textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Macroeconomics. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, r approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

The current editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Macroeconomics classroom, please consult the AP Macroeconomics Teacher Community.

Please note that the texts on this list have not been reviewed by Learning List for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Anderson, David, and Margaret Ray. Krugman’s Economics for AP. Worth Publishers.
  • Arnold, Roger A. Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Bade, Robin, and Michael Parkin. Foundations of Economics, AP Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Baumol, William J., and Alan S. Blinder. Economics: Principles and Policy. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Boyes, William, and Michael Melvin. Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Case, Karl G., Ray C. Fair, and Sharon Oster. Principles of Economics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Chiang, Eric. CoreEconomics. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Colander, David C. Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Coppock, Lee, and Dirk Mateer. Principles of Macroeconomics. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co.
  • Cowen, Tyler, and Alex Tabarrok, Modern Principles: Economics. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Frank, Robert H., and Ben Bernanke. Principles of Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Gottheil, Fred M. Principles of Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Gwartney, James D., et al. Economics: Private and Public Choice. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Hall, Robert E., and Marc Lieberman. Economics: Principles and Applications. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning
  • Hubbard, R. Glenn, and Anthony Patrick O’Brien. Economics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Krugman, Paul, and Robin Wells. Economics. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Mankiw, N. Gregory. Principles of Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • McConnell, Campbell R., Stanley L. Brue, and Sean Masaki Flynn. Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • McEachern, William A. Economics: A Contemporary Introduction. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Miller, Roger LeRoy. Economics Today. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • O’Sullivan, Arthur, Steven Sheffrin, and Stephen Perez. Economics: Principles, Applications, and Tools. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
  • Parkin, Michael. Economics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Rittenberg, Libby, and Timothy Tregarthen. Principles of Economics. Washington, DC: Flat World Knowledge.
  • Samuelson, Paul A., and William B. Nordhaus. Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Schiller, Bradley R., Cynthia D. Hill, and Sherri L. Wall. The Economy Today. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Sexton, Robert L. Exploring Economics. Mason OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Slavin, Stephen L. Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Taylor, John, and Akila Weerapana. Principles of Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Tucker, Irvin B. Economics for Today. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • OpenStax, ed. Principles of Economics. Rice University, 2014.