AP Comparative Government and Politics

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About the Exam

Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering at-home testing for the 2020 AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP Comparative Government and Politics exam page. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.

The AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam will test your understanding of the political concepts covered in the course units, including your ability to compare political institutions and processes in different countries.

Exam Duration
2hrs 30mins

Exam Dates

  • Fri, May 22, 2020,
    12 PM ET

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

    May 22, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.

Exam Components

55 questions 1hr 50% of Score

The multiple-choice section includes individual, single questions as well as sets of questions. Questions focus on the core countries of the course: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. You’ll be asked to:

  • Describe, explain, and compare political concepts and processes
  • Compare political concepts and processes of the course countries
  • Analyze data in graphs, charts, table, maps, or infographics
  • Read and analyze text passages

4 questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score

In the free-response section, you’ll respond to four questions with written answers. The section includes:

  • 1 conceptual analysis question: You’ll define or describe a political concept and/or compare political systems, principles, institutions, processes, policies, or behaviors.
  • 1 quantitative analysis question: You’ll analyze data to find patterns and trends and reach a conclusion.
  • 1 comparative analysis question: You’ll compare political concepts, systems, institutions, processes, or policies in two of the course countries.
  • 1 argument essay: You’ll write an evidence-based essay supporting a claim or thesis.

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