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Important Updates

2019 Score Reports Now Available
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Preparing Students for the Exam
Starting August 1, students and teachers will have new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, progress checks and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth, and a question bank of real AP questions. Learn more about the new resources.

Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Comparative Government and Politics Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available, along with a scoring rubric that applies to Free Response Question 4: Argument Essay, regardless of specific question prompt.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Comparative Government and Politics student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • Thu, May 14, 2020

    AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam Day

    • 8 a.m. | 2 hrs 30 mins

Exam Format

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam will have question types and point values that will remain stable and consistent from year to year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Exam Updates
Currently (2019 Exam) Starting with the 2020 Exam

Section I: Multiple Choice

55 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Each question has 5 options.

Section I: Multiple Choice

55 Questions | 60 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Each question will have 4 options.
  • There will be 2 text-based sources, each accompanied by 2–3 questions.
  • There will be 3 quantitative sources, each accompanied by 2–3 questions.

 

Section II: Free Response

8 Questions | 1 Hour 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

Question types currently vary in the skills they assess:

  • 5 short-answer questions
  • 1 conceptual analysis question
  • 2 country-specific questions

 

Section II: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • 1 conceptual analysis question
  • 1 quantitative analysis question
  • 1 comparative analysis question
  • 1 argument essay: a new question type requiring students to write an argument-based essay

Exam Tasks and Content

Section 1: Multiple Choice

  • Individual questions (no stimulus): 40–44.
  • Set-based questions:
    • Quantitative Analysis: 3 sets of questions asking students to analyze a quantitative stimulus (line graphs, charts, tables, maps, or infographics)
    • Qualitative Analysis: 2 sets of questions asking students to analyze text-based secondary sources
  • There will be less focus on knowledge about the individual countries and more on concepts and on comparisons between different concepts and different countries. The 6 countries addressed in AP Comparative Government and Politics will remain the same:  China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Section 2: Free Response

  • Concept Application: Define or describe a political concept and explain and/or compare political systems, principles, institutions, processes, policies, or behaviors.
  • Quantitative Analysis: Analyze quantitative data, identify a trend or pattern, or draw a conclusion from a visual representation and explain how it relates to political systems, principles, institutions, processes, policies, or behaviors.
  • Comparative Analysis: Compare political concepts, systems, institutions, or policies in different course countries.
  • Argument Essay: Develop an argument in the form of an essay, using evidence from course countries related to the course concepts in the question prompt.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

New Exam Resources

Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You’ll have access to:

  • an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
  • personal progress checks with new formative questions
  • a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights
2019: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions - Set 1

Free-Response Questions - Set 2

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