AP Comparative Government and Politics

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About the Exam

Important Update

2021 AP Comparative Government and Politics Exams will be offered on paper in early May and as a digital exam in late May and early June.

The paper and the digital versions of the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam will be full length, containing the typical multiple-choice and free-response sections and covering the full scope of course content, giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Comparative Government and Politics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.

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

Exams Previously Scheduled for May 13

To avoid conflicts for students observing Eid al Fitr, no exams are scheduled for Thursday, May 13. Exams previously scheduled for May 13, including AP Comparative Government and Politics, will instead be administered on Monday, May 17.

  • Mon, May 17, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.

  • Fri, May 28, 2021,
    12 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.

  • Tue, Jun 8, 2021,
    12 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.

Exam Components

Note on 2021 Exams

Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam will be full length, containing the typical multiple-choice and free-response sections and covering the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description.

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Comparative Government and Politics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

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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