About the Exam
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.
Section 1: Multiple Choice
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
Section 2: Free Response
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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