AP Microeconomics

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About the Exam

Important Update

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—rather, these skills will be assessed with questions about given diagrams. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.

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.

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

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. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.

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)
  • 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
    • Create graphs or visual representations

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