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The AP United States Government and Politics Exam

AP U.S. Government and Politics is currently undergoing review for possible future course improvements that, if implemented, would launch in 2017-18 or later. Learn more.

Exam Content

AP® Exams in United States Government and Politics were introduced in 1987. Students are expected to:
  • describe and compare important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics;
  • explain typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures);
  • interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats); and
  • critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum.
Multiple-Choice Questions

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

If you are using assistive technology and need help accessing these PDFs in another format, please contact us at ssd@info.collegeboard.org. Note: versions of these PDFs with enhanced accessibility will be available in the upcoming academic year. Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Comparative Government and Politics Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Student Performance Q&A (Chief Reader's Report) for past administrations.

Free-Response Questions 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 1999-2003


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

Student Performance Q&A

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

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
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2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1
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2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Student Performance Q&A

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

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
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2008: 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
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2007: 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


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


Important Note: PDF Files
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