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The AP Macroeconomics Exam

Exam Overview

AP MACROECONOMICS EXAM: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

The AP Macroeconomics Exam questions measure students' knowledge of macroeconomics principles and their ability to reason within the discipline.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice | 60 Questions | 70 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 | 60 Minutes (includes 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)
  • Questions ask students to analyze unique scenarios using different course concepts.
  • Some questions in the free-response section require graphical analysis

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Macroeconomics Exams.

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2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 1999-2003



2016: Free-Response Questions

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2015: Free-Response Questions

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2014: Free-Response Questions

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2013: Free-Response Questions

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2012: Free-Response Questions

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2011: Free-Response Questions

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2011: Form B

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2010: Free-Response Questions

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2010: Form B

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2009: Free-Response Questions

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2009: Form B

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2008: Free-Response Questions

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2008: Form B

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2007: Free-Response Questions

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2007: Form B

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2006: Free-Response Questions

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2006: Form B

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2005: Free-Response Questions

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2005: Form B

Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
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2004: Free-Response Questions

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2004: Form B

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2003: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
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Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Response Q1
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2003: Form B

Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
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Scoring Commentary
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