New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2015 AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.
Welcome, AP Teachers! This course introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures, policies, and political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP Program in general.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/6.65MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
The 2007 Teacher's Guide (.pdf/783KB) has instructional strategies, sample syllabi, and more.
The Course Perspective provides one teacher's thoughts on teaching the course.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page describes the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
Practice exams are available by logging into your AP Course Audit account.
Access online score reports for your students.
More Exam Resources
Review how additional examples are scored (.pdf/116KB).
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has resources to support syllabus development.
Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher
Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts
Feedback on your syllabus
Access to secure practice exams
Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.
The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming AP Comparative Government and Politics workshop to register.
Online Professional Development Modules
To promote student engagement with meaningful texts, we've created new, free online resources for teachers offering strategies for teaching reading and writing focused on challenging primary sources:
These modules were developed for AP U.S. History teachers, but the nonfiction reading and writing strategies they explore will be useful for teachers of a variety of AP subjects.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.
The AP Comparative Government and Politics Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP Comparative Government and Politics publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Comparative Government and Politics.