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.
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 U.S. Government and Politics 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.
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.
You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:
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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2021 AP United States Government and Politics Free-Response Questions
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AP United States Government and Politics Exam Free-Response Questions and Scoring Information Archive
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