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The AP United States Government and Politics Exam

Important Updates

AP U.S. Government and Politics Redesign

As part of its ongoing process to make AP course and exam materials more effective for teachers and their students, the College Board has released to educators a redesigned AP U.S. Government and Politics Curriculum Framework. The redesigned course and exam will launch in the 2018-19 school year.

Exam Day 2017

Thurs, May 4, 8 a.m.

Exam Duration

2 hours, 25 minutes

Exam Overview

The AP United States Government and Politics Exam asks students to explain and apply key and supporting concepts outlined in the course description. The exam measures students' understanding of American political culture and the interactions of governing and linkage institutions. Questions are based on the six major topics in the course, and students must be able to define, compare, explain, and interpret political concepts, policies, processes, perspectives, and behaviors that characterize the U.S. political system.

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

Access online score reports for your students.

Policies

Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format



Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course Description (.pdf/1.22MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


A full practice exam on AP Course Audit. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.


An exam administered in 2005, also available through your AP Course Audit Account.


The 1999 Released Exam.


The Past Exam Questions page, which features free-response questions and scoring information for exams given before 2003.


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.

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

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
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2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

All Questions

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2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

All Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

All Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

All Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Grade Distributions

2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

All Questions

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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1

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2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Grade Distributions

2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses

Grade Distributions

2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Response Q1

Sample Response Q2

Sample Response Q3

Sample Response Q4

Grade Distributions

2003: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Scoring Statistics

Sample Response Q1

Sample Response Q2

Sample Response Q3

Sample Response Q4

Grade Distributions

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