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Important Updates

AP U.S. Government and Politics Redesign
New resources for the 2018-19 course and exam, including the course and exam description (CED), are now available.

Previously Administered Exam for Classroom Use
An AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam administered in 2005 is now available through your AP Course Audit account, along with an answer key, scoring notes, and a scoring worksheet.

Course Overview

This course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.

Essential Course Resources

College Board Store

Find AP United States Government and Politics publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP United States Government and Politics.