2021 Exam Information
AP Microeconomics Exams will be offered on paper in early May and as a digital exam in late May and early June.
All versions of the exam will cover the full scope of course content, giving students the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement. On the digital exam, students will answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. Students taking digital exams will not be asked to draw or graph as part of their response—rather, these skills will be assessed with questions about given diagrams or other stimuli. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.
Note: Calculators will be permitted on all sections of digital AP Microeconomics exams in 2021.
There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Microeconomics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
AP Daily and AP Classroom
Short, searchable AP Daily videos can be assigned alongside topic questions to help you cover all course content, skills, and task models, and check student understanding. Unlock personal progress checks so students can demonstrate their knowledge and skills unit by unit and use the progress dashboard to highlight progress and additional areas for support. As the exam approaches, assign AP practice exams in the AP Classroom question bank and encourage students to take advantage of AP Daily: Live Review sessions April 19–29.
Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information, refer to the Exam Overview section in the AP Microeconomics Course and Exam Description (CED).
Encourage your students to visit the AP Microeconomics student page for exam information.
- WED, MAY 12, 2021, 12 PM LOCAL
AP Microeconomics Exam—Administration 1
- FRI, MAY 28, 2021, 4 PM EDT
AP Microeconomics Exam—Administration 2
- Tue, Jun 8, 2021, 4 PM EDT
AP Microeconomics Exam—Administration 3
The AP Microeconomics Exam includes two sections. The first section contains 60 multiple-choice questions. The second section is the free-response section, which includes one long question and two short questions. The skills defined in the course and exam description will be assessed in the same proportions on all versions of the AP Microeconomics Exam. The chart below provides a detailed breakdown of both the multiple choice and free-response sections.
Note on 2021 exams: There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Microeconomics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Microeconomics Exam will be full length and measure the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description. On the digital exam, students will answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. Students taking digital AP Microeconomics Exams will not be asked to draw or graph as part of their response—rather, these skills will be assessed by asking students to answer questions about given diagrams. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.
Per the AP Exam Calculator Policy, calculators are not permitted on the paper exam. On the digital exam, calculators will be permitted on all sections of the 2021 exam. As is the case every year, a student’s AP Exam grade of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 reflects the degree of knowledge and achievement the student demonstrates, not a pre-set number of points. AP’s standard and widely supported psychometric and statistical procedures are used to provide students with comparable scores, regardless of which exam version they take and whether they take the exam on paper or digitally.
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 and skills in skill categories 1, 2, and 3.
Section II: Free Response
3 Questions | 1 Hour (includes a 10-minute reading period) | 33% of Exam Score
- 1 long free-response question (50% of section score).
- 2 short free-response questions (each worth 25% of section score).
- Students will be asked to:
- Make assertions about economic concepts, principles, models, outcomes, and/or effects
- Explain economic concepts, principles, models, outcomes, and/or effects
- Perform numerical analysis
- Create graphs or visual representations
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
2020 (Last Year’s) Free-Response Questions
Last year's free-response questions are available in the AP Classroom question bank for teachers to assign to students as homework or in class, and do not require secure assessment using the LockDown Browser. Since the 2020 exams had to be designed for highly unusual circumstances, these questions were updated, where possible, to best match the format of free-response questions in the course and exam description and on traditional AP Exams.
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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
For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.
Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain 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.
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