AP Microeconomics

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About the Exam

Important Update

Updated April 8 You can now download the digital testing application and take digital practice to prepare for the testing experience. See below for more information on digital practice and taking the digital exam.

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

All versions of the exam will cover the full scope of course content, giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement. 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.

Note: Calculators will be permitted on all sections of the digital AP Microeconomics Exam in 2021.

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 Microeconomics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.


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Exam Overview
The AP Microeconomics 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.

Exam Duration
2hrs 10mins

Digital Practice and Testing Information

Updated April 8

Digital Practice Now Available

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 Macroeconomics 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.

  • Digital Practice has a shortened multiple-choice section (12 questions, 15 minutes), a shortened break of 5 minutes, and a shortened free-response section (2 short free-response questions, 30 minutes).  Note: The Digital Practice does not include a long free-response question, though one will appear on the digital exam.
  • The App Demo is an even shorter subset of the questions in Digital Practice–5 multiple-choice questions, a 2-minute break, and 1 free-response question.

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.

Taking the Digital Exam

You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:

  • You may use a calculator on the digital AP Macroeconomics Exam. However, you’ll need to bring your own calculator because the digital testing application does not include one.
  • As a reminder, you will answer all multiple-choice questions and type all free-response answers directly in the digital exam application. The free-response questions won’t require you to draw diagrams, charts or complicated mathematical expressions. Scratch paper is permitted for notes or planning, but students cannot handwrite or otherwise upload responses.  
  • As a reminder, you cannot go back to questions you’ve already answered, and cannot skip ahead. 
  • Exam directions and section-specific directions will not be read by a proctor–they’ll appear entirely in the application. You’ll see them at the beginning of each section, and can access them at any time during the exam. Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear. While you should read the directions, be aware that the timer will be running while you do so. You can view the full text of the exam and section directions in advance of the exam.

Exam Dates

  • Wed, May 12, 2021,
    12 PM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Microeconomics Exam

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Microeconomics Exam.

  • Fri, May 28, 2021,
    4 PM Local

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Microeconomics Exam

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Microeconomics Exam.

  • Tue, Jun 8, 2021,
    4 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Microeconomics Exam

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Microeconomics Exam.

Exam Components

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 Microeconomics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Microeconomics Exam will be full length and measure the full range of skills and 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.

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

  • Questions require the use of economics content knowledge and reasoning across the range of course topics and skills. You’ll be asked to:
    • Define economic principles and models
    • Explain given economic outcomes
    • Determine the outcomes of specific economic situations

3 questions 1hr 33% of Score

The 60-minute time limit for this section includes a 10-minute reading period.

  • 1 long free-response question (50% of section score)
  • 2 short free-response questions (each worth 25% of section score)
  • Please note: FRQs will be presented in a different order on paper and pencil and digital exams, as follows:
    • Order of FRQs on paper and pencil exams
      • Long free-response question
      • Short free-response question
      • Short free-response question
    • Order of FRQs on digital exams
      • Short free-response question
      • Short free-response question
      • Long free-response question
  • You’ll be asked to:
    • Make assertions about economic concepts, principles, models, outcomes, and/or effects
    • Explain economic concepts, principles, models, outcomes, and/or effects
    • Perform numerical analysis and calculations
    • (On paper and pencil exams) Create graphs or visual representations
    • (On digital exams) Answer questions about given graphs and visuals

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