Directions for the 2021 Digital AP Microeconomics Exam

Exam and section directions will appear in the testing application

Unlike on paper and pencil exams, students taking digital exams will receive directions primarily from the digital testing application, not from a proctor, whether they take the digital exam at school or at home.

On the digital exam, directions will be shown on a pop-up in the digital exam application when the clock starts at the beginning of each section. Students will have a chance to read them before starting to answer questions, and can view them at any time by clicking the Directions link in the upper left corner of the application.  

Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear at the beginning of each section. While students should read the directions, they should be aware that the timer will be running while they do so, both at the beginning of each section and while they’re working during the exam.

General Exam Directions will appear in the left column of the directions pop-up, and will be the same for all sections of that exam. Section Directions will appear in the right column, and will be specific to each section of the exam.

When you answer digital practice questions in the digital testing application, these same directions will appear along with a note when practice has a different number of questions than the actual exam.

The following is the full text of the directions that will appear on the digital AP Microeconomics Exam.

Exam Directions

The AP Microeconomics Exam is 2 hours and 10 minutes long. Section I lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Section II lasts 1 hour and consists of 3 free-response questions: two short questions and one long question.

You may use a calculator on all sections of the exam.

Please note that you are responsible for pacing yourself. The clock will turn red when 5 minutes remain, but the proctor or app will not give you any other time updates. 

Do not spend too much time on any one question, but remember that you cannot go back to a question once you’ve moved on to the next question.

You may use scratch paper for notes and planning, but credit will only be given for responses entered in this application.

Section Directions–Section I

Section I: 1 hour and 10 minutes, 60 multiple-choice questions.

Each of the questions or incomplete statements in this section is followed by five suggested answers or completions. Select the best answer to each question.

Section Directions–Section II

Section II: 1 hour, 3 free-response questions.

You are advised to spend:

  • Questions 1 and 2 (short free-response questions): approximately half your total time, or 30 minutes, planning and writing your answers
  • Question 3 (long free-response question): approximately half your total time, or 30 minutes, planning and writing your answer

If a question prompts you to “calculate,” you must show how you arrived at your final answer. 

All responses can be typed on a standard keyboard, along with special characters you can access from the Ω button on the toolbar.

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