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The AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

Exam Content

AP® Exams in Comparative Government and Politics were introduced in 1987. Students are expected to:
  • define and describe major comparative political concepts;
  • support generalizations with relevant factual information pertaining to the governments and politics of China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia;
  • analyze typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences;
  • compare and contrast political institutions and processes across countries; and
  • analyze and interpret basic data relevant to comparative government and politics
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
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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
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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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Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

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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
Sample Responses Q1
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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

Scoring Statistics

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

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
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
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Important Note: PDF Files
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