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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking the Exams for the latest exam information.

New Secure Practice Exams
Two new secure AP U.S. Government and Politics practice exams are now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank. The practice exams match this year’s exam specifications and include scoring guidelines and scoring worksheets. Note: the scoring worksheets use past averages, so the cut score ranges may not fully align with the 2020 exam standards.

The May 2019 AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam is also now available as a released, secure practice exam on the AP Course Audit site and as individual secure questions in the question bank. This exam is also accompanied by scoring guidelines and a scoring worksheet.

As a reminder, these exams are most appropriate for student practice late in the school year, as the exam date approaches.

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Updated Course and Exam Description
The AP United States Government and Politics Course and Exam Description (CED) has been updated to accurately reflect the skills-based activities available through the AP Course Audit site.

Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP U.S. Government and Politics Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available, along with a scoring rubric that applies to Free Response Question 4: Argument Essay, regardless of specific question prompt.

  • Event
    • MON, MAY 11, 2020, 4 PM ET

    AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam Day

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Encourage your students to visit the AP U.S. Government and Politics student page for exam information and exam practice.

Exam Format

The AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials—won’t change.

 Section 1: Multiple Choice

55 Questions | 1 Hour 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Individual questions (no stimulus): ~30
  • Set-based questions
    • Quantitative Analysis: Analysis and application of quantitative-based source material
    • Qualitative Analysis: Analysis and application of text-based (primary and secondary) sources
    • Visual Analysis: Analysis and application of qualitative visual information

Section 2: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Concept Application: Respond to a political scenario, describe and explain the effects of a political institution, behavior, or process
  • Quantitative Analysis: Analyze quantitative data, identify a trend or pattern, or draw a conclusion from a visual representation and explain how it relates to a political principle, institution, process, policy, or behavior
  • SCOTUS Comparison: Compare a nonrequired Supreme Court case with a required Supreme Court case, explaining how information from the required case is relevant to the nonrequired one
  • Argument Essay: Develop an argument in the form of an essay, using evidence from required foundational documents and course concepts

 

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

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.

2019: Free-Response Questions