Political Culture Ap Gov Essay Scoring

The 2018 exam is 2 hours and 25 minutes long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response.

Section I: Multiple Choice | ~60 Questions | 45 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

You’ll be asked to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of major course concepts, policies, and institutions
  • Apply skills of comparison and interpretation in addition to factual recall


Section II: Free-Response | 4 Questions | 1 hour and 40 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

You’ll be asked to:

  • Define concepts and explain or interpret content across all course topics
  • Analyze political relationships and evaluate policy changes using examples from the course to support the argument or response

The following task verbs are commonly used in the Free-Response Questions:

  • Identify: provide a specific answer, which does not require causal explanation
  • Define: provide a specific meaning for a word or concept
  • Describe: provide the essential details or characteristics of a particular concept or political phenomenon
  • Explain: demonstrate understanding of how or why a relationship exists by clearly articulating the logical connection or causal pattern between or among various political phenomena
  • Compare: provide an explicit statement which connects two or more concepts

Practice for the exam

You can use the resources below as you prepare for the AP Exam.

Click here for details about the 2018 exam format.

Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice and free-response questions in the 2017-18 AP United States Government and Politics Course Description(.pdf/1.22MB).

Sample Responses

Student responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central®.

Exam Practice Tips

Check out our Exam Practice Tips.

Practice with a Released Exam

The 1999 Released Exam is available for you to use as you prepare for the exam.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

2012

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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The following resources contain the remaining available Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines for the AP United States Government and Politics Exam. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to Sign-Up.

2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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