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The AP Macroeconomics Exam will test your understanding of the economic concepts covered in the course, as well as your ability to define economic principles and models; explain given economic outcomes; determine outcomes of specific economic situations; and model economic situations using graphs or visual representations.
Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering example questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.
AP Microeconomics students will have two options to answer example 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:
Mon, May 10, 2021,
12 PM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Macroeconomics Exam.
Wed, May 19, 2021,
4 PM EDT
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Macroeconomics Exam.
Wed, Jun 2, 2021,
4 PM EDT
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Macroeconomics Exam.
Note on 2021 Exams
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 Macroeconomics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Macroeconomics Exam will be full length and measure the full range of knowledge specified in the course and exam description. On the digital exam, you’ll answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. If you take the digital exam, you won’t be asked to draw or graph as part of your response—rather, these skills will be assessed with questions about given diagrams. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.
Per the AP Exam Calculator Policy, calculators are not permitted on the paper exam.
Calculators will be permitted on all sections of the digital exam in 2021.
60 Questions 1hr 10mins 66% of Score
3 Questions 1hr 33% of Score
The 60-minute time limit for this section includes a 10-minute reading period.
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2021 AP Macroeconomics Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines
Review two sets of released free-response questions.
AP Macroeconomics Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive
Review free-response questions, sample student responses, and scoring guidelines from past exams.