AP MICROECONOMICSThe Exam

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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Microeconomics Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available
A 2012 AP Microeconomics Exam—previously available only through your AP Course Audit account—is now available below. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

  • Event
    • Fri, May 18, 2018

    AP Microeconomics Exam Day 2018

    • 8 a.m. | 2 hrs 10 mins

Exam Overview

The AP Microeconomics Exam measures students' knowledge of microeconomics principles and their ability to reason within the discipline.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Microeconomics student page for exam information and exam practice.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 60 Questions | 1 Hour, 10 Minutes | 66% of Exam Score

  • Questions require the use of economics content knowledge and reasoning across the range of course topics.
  • Some questions require analysis of different hypothetical situations.

Section II

Free Response — 3 Questions | 1 Hour (includes a 10-minute reading period) | 33% of Exam Score

Question topics will include:

  • 1 long free-response question (50% of section score).
  • 2 short free-response questions (each worth 25% of section score).
  • Questions ask students to analyze unique scenarios using different course concepts.
  • Some questions in the free-response section require graphical analysis.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

 
2017: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Form B
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2010: Form B
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2009: Form B
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2008: Form B
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2007: Form B
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2006: Form B
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2005: Form B
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1999: Free-Response Questions
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