AP Comparative Government and Politics
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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.
Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering sample questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.
AP Comparative Government and Politics students will have two options to take sample questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.
We highly recommend you take the Digital Practice, and strongly advise that if you can’t take the Digital Practice, at least take the App Demo. Both can be taken multiple times, and can be accessed directly in the digital testing application. You can access your answers and solution materials (MCQ answer key, FRQ scoring guidelines) for the Digital Practice. Note: Taking the App Demo after completing Digital Practice may override your answers from Digital Practice.
You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:
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
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.
Fri, May 28, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.
Tue, Jun 8, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam.
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:
4 questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score
In the free-response section, you’ll respond to four questions with written answers. The section includes:
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2021 AP Comparative Government and Politics Free-Response Questions
Review two different sets of released free-response questions.
AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description
This is the core document for the course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP Program in general.
AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam Free-Response Questions and Scoring Information Archive
Review free-response questions, sample student responses, and scoring guidelines from past exams.