AP United States Government and Politics
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Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering at-home testing for the 2020 AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP U.S. Government and Politics exam page. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.
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.
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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