1 What You Need to Know About the AP U.S. Government and
You need to know about the AP U.S.
What topics are tested, how the test is scored, and basic test-taking information can be found here.
Each college has its own AP credit policy and a score of 3 or above on the AP exam may allow you to get college credit for your AP course.
A score on the 1 to-5 scale is used to convert your score on the two test sections.
The College Board started the Advanced Placement program in 1955 to give high school students who were highly motivated the chance to be awarded advanced placement as first-year students in colleges and universities in the United States.
There are 37 courses and exams with more than two million students from every state in the nation, and from foreign countries, taking the annual exams in May.
High school students who want to take college-level courses can enroll in the AP programs.
The AP U.S. Government and Politics course is designed for high school students who want to study politics in college.
The format of the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam is summarized in the table.
Students take the exam to get college credit.
A 4 or 5 is an acceptable credit for the introductory U.S. Government and Politics course.
Some schools will accept a 3 on the exam.
You might be exempt from an introductory government course if you take this course before your first college class.
Even if you don't score high enough to get college credit, the fact that you enroll in AP courses shows that you are serious about your education.
More than 200,000 students take the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam each year.
This is not a pushover test, you must prepare to do well on it.
Many education and testing professionals and students are involved in the development of each AP exam.
The AP U.S. Government and Politics Test Development Committee is made up of college and high school government teachers.
A large pool of multiple-choice questions is created by the committee.
The questions are pretested with college students with the help of the testing experts at Educational Testing Service.
Government and Politics classes make sure that there is only one answer.
These questions can be categorized into easy, average, or difficult based on the results of the pretesting.
The section I of the exam is ready to be administered.
The free-response essay questions that make up Section II go through a similar process of creation, modification, pretesting, and final refinements so that the questions cover the necessary areas of material and are at an appropriate level of difficulty and clarity.
The committee made a great effort to create a free-response exam that will allow for clear and equitable grading by the AP readers.
The results of the AP reading and scoring exams are evaluated by the committee at the conclusion of the exams.
The College Board can use the results to make suggestions for course development in high schools and to plan future exams.
The College Board consulted with teachers.
The College Board consulted with teachers.
College professors expect their first-year classes to cover material developed by Government and Politics.
The multiple-choice exams are written in such a way that the topics are covered in proportion to their importance to the student's understanding of government and politics.
10 percent of the curriculum in an AP U.S. Government and Politics class is devoted to the foundations of the U.S.
The outline is for the U.S. Government and Politics exam.
The exam varies slightly each year, so remember this is just a guide.
Every June, a group of government teachers gather to assign grades to your work.
Each of these "faculty consultants" spends a day or two getting trained on a single question.
Because each reader becomes an expert on that question, and because each exam book is anonymous, this process provides a very consistent and unbiased scoring of that question.
During a typical day of grading, a random sample of each reader's scores is selected and cross-checked by other experienced "table leaders" to ensure that the consistency is maintained throughout the day and week.
Each reader's scores on a given question are analyzed to make sure that they are not giving scores that are significantly higher or lower than the mean scores given by other readers of that question.
Consistency and fairness are maintained with all the measures taken.
Even if your high school teacher reads your booklet, he or she won't know it's you.
To the reader, each student is a number, and to the computer, each student is a bar code.
The College Board uses some exams to help train high school teachers so that they can help the next generation of government students avoid common mistakes.
You can give permission to use your exam in this way if you check this box.
Your anonymity is still maintained even if you give permission.
The multiple-choice section of the U.S. Government and Politics exam is worth one-half of your final score.
Your correct responses are added to your sheet of little bubbles by the computer.
Points are not deducted for incorrect answers.
The number of questions answered correctly is what determines your score.
No points are given for unanswered questions or for questions answered wrong.
One-half of your final score is based on your performance in the free-response section.
There are four questions in the free-response section.
All four questions are used to determine your score on this section of the test.
Each essay is scored on a scale based on the rubric.
Some questions may be scored from 0 to 6 and others from 0 to 11.
The U.S. Government and Politics Development Committee and the chief faculty consultant review the weighting formulas every year.
The AP U.S. Government and Politics exam has a score of 120.
The score from the multiple-choice section is added to the score from the essay section and rounded to the nearest whole number.
The number of points required to achieve a specific grade has been shown to have an observable trend over the years.
Data from previous AP U.S.
If you enroll in AP U.S. Government and Politics in high school, your teacher will give you all of the information, but a quick summary will not hurt.
You don't have to enroll in the AP course to register for and take the AP exam.
The College Board's website is the best source of information when doubts arise.
The fee for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam is $89.
To help offset the cost of testing, students who demonstrate a financial need may receive a $22 refund.
If you want your scores rushed to you or want to receive multiple grade reports, you'll have to pay optional fees.
The AP program at your school will let you know when and where you can take the exam.
If you live in a small community, your exam may not be administered at your school.
You should bring several pencils and an eraser on exam day.
The free-response section has pens in black or blue.
You can monitor your time with a watch.
You don't know if the exam room has a clock on the wall.
It's a good idea to turn off the beep that goes off on the hour.
You have your school code.
Social security number and photo identification.
You have quiet confidence that you are prepared.
The items that should be left at home are a cell phone, a walkie-talkie, or a calculator.
Books, a dictionary, study notes, flash cards, highlighting pens, correction fluid, a ruler, or any other office supplies.
CD players, mp3 players, and ipods are not allowed.
It's natural to be nervous, but you can be reassured that you don't have to worry about your exam because you've used this book.