AP United States Government and Politics Exam Free-Response Questions and Scoring Information Archive

Download free-response questions from past exams along with scoring guidelines, sample responses from exam takers, and scoring distributions.

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2012: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Free-Response Questions
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2010: Free-Response Questions
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2009: Free-Response Questions
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2008: Free-Response Questions
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2007: Free-Response Questions
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2006: Free-Response Questions
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2005: Free-Response Questions
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2003: Free-Response Questions
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2002: Free-Response Questions
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2001: Free-Response Questions
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2000: Free-Response Questions
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1999: Free-Response Questions
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