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The AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

Exam Overview

EXAM TIMING: 2 HOURS 25 MINUTES

The AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam asks students to explain and apply key and supporting concepts. The exam measures students knowledge of the six core countries and their ability to compare and contrast political regimes; electoral systems; federal structures; civil rights; and state responses to economic, social, and religious challenges over time.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice | 55 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Address major conceptual understandings among the six core countries
  • Apply skills of comparison and interpretation in addition to factual recall

Section II: Free Response | 8 Questions | 100 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Short-Answer Concept (5 Questions)
    Students identify the significance, provide examples, or contrast concepts or terms.
  • Conceptual Analysis (1 Question)
    Students use major concepts to identify and explain important relationships and to discuss the causes and implications of politics and policy.
  • Country Context (1 Question)
    Students use concepts to analyze one or more countries studied.

Multiple-Choice Questions

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

Free-Response Questions

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


2014: Free-Response Questions
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2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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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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2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
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2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
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2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
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2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
 Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses Q1
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2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
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Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

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Sample Responses
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2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Response Q1
Sample Response Q2
Sample Response Q3
Sample Response Q4
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2003: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response 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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