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AP United States Government and Politics Exam

AP® Exams in United States Government and Politics were introduced in 1987. Students are expected to:

  • describe and compare important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics;
  • explain typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures);
  • interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats); and
  • critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum.

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

AP U. S. Government and Politics Course Description,Effective Fall 2014 (.pdf/535KB)