Questions about the course
The principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision-makers (consumers and producers) within an economic system. For more details go to the two-page Course Overview (.pdf/754KB).
AP Macroeconomics studies the workings of an entire (e.g., national) economy as a whole.
A typical one-semester introductory college course in microeconomics.
There are no prerequisite courses, but students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and should possess basic arithmetic and graphing skills.
Yes, since each course can be taught in one semester.
Yes. However, the pace of the work often needs to be accelerated to cover all the topics. Establishing a review schedule in the spring for students who took a course in the fall can help ensure success on the exam.
Any motivated student should be given the chance to benefit from an AP course. If your school gives the PSAT/NMSQT®, use AP Potential™. This free online tool allows you to identify students who are likely to succeed in AP based on their PSAT/NMSQT or SAT® scores. Such scores have been proven to be stronger predictors of AP success than high school grades or GPA.
These resources will help:
- The AP Economics Course Description (.pdf/621KB) defines the course. If you only download one thing this year, make it this.
- Professional development such as one-day workshops, online modules, and weeklong AP Summer Institutes are great for novices and experts alike.
- The AP Microeconomics Teacher Community gives you the opportunity to learn from colleagues and create a library of resources.
- The Classroom Resources page offers more materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies.
Questions about the AP Course Audit
The AP Course Audit is an authorization process that provides teachers and administrators with guidelines and requirements for offering AP courses. It also ensures that AP courses across high schools meet the same college-level criteria.
Yes. Every school wishing to offer an AP course must participate in the AP Course Audit.
The AP Course Audit requires the online submission of two documents: the AP Course Audit form and the teacher’s syllabus. The AP teacher and the school principal (or designated administrator) submit the Course Audit form, acknowledging the curricular and resource requirements. The syllabus, detailing how the AP course requirements will be met, is submitted by the AP teacher for review by college faculty.
The AP Course Audit page for this course will give you the tools you’ll need to create and submit your syllabus for authorization, including information and guidelines, sample syllabi, and a tutorial.
Questions about the exam
These resources will help:
- There are several practice exams available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
- Free-response questions (FRQs) with student samples and scoring guidelines can be accessed from the course’s exam information page.
- Scroll down the “Scoring” column in the free-response questions table to find yearly Chief Reader Reports (former title: Student Performance Q&A) from the Chief Reader that describe how students performed on the FRQs, typical student errors, and specific concepts that challenged students the most that year.
- Released exams are available for free download on the course home page, and others can be purchased on the College Board store.
The exam is given each year in early May. Go to the Exam Calendar for the most current exam dates.
That depends on the college. Tell your students to use the AP Credit Policy Info tool to verify the credit/placement policies at the colleges they are considering.