AP United States Government and Politics
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The AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam will test your understanding of the political concepts covered in the course units, including your ability to analyze the foundational documents and to apply Supreme Court decisions you studied in the course to real-life scenarios.
Mon, May 3, 2021,
8 AM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP United States Government and Politics Exam.
Thu, May 20, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP United States Government and Politics Exam.
Thu, Jun 3, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP United States Government and Politics Exam.
Note on 2021 Exams
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam will be full length, containing the typical multiple-choice and free-response sections and covering the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description.
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 U.S. Government and Politics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
55 questions 1hr 20mins 50% of Score
The multiple-choice section includes individual, single questions as well as sets of questions. You’ll be asked to:
4 questions 1hr 40mins 50% of Score
In the free-response section, you’ll respond to four questions with written answers. The section includes:
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2019 AP United States Government and Politics Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines
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2019 AP United States Government and Politics Free-Response Questions
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2019 AP United States Government and Politics Scoring Guidelines
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AP United States Government and Politics Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive
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