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.
The Future of AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. Government and Politics is currently undergoing review for possible future course improvements that, if implemented, would launch in the 2018-19 school year, at the earliest. Learn more.
The AP United States Government and Politics Exam asks students to explain and apply key and supporting concepts. 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.