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The five-point ratio for AP Comparative Government is about 21%. Although it is relatively high among social sciences subjects, it requires a lot of memorising, and a certain basic knowledge of political science.
Additionally, students tend to be less familiar with the subject as they don't have much interaction with the subject in their daily life. Hence, the overall difficulty level of the subject is not low.
The content and learning points of AP Comparative Government includes Introduction to Comparative Politics, Sovereignty, Authority and Power, Political System, Citizens, Society and the Country, Political and Economic Changes and Public Policies. It has a wider range of content compared to the US Government. It also involve more international politics and the comparison between different governments, hence has a wider picture.
Should You Take AP Comparative Government?
AP Comparative Government helps to master the political systems and the current policies, and get in touch with relevant information widely.
This course is for students who intend to study related majors such as political science, international relations.
Students taking other majors can also study and broaden their knowledge, but in view of the difficulty of the exam, it is recommended that you have a thorough understanding of this subject and examination before choosing.
Exam Format (Starting from 2021)
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
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
Test Prep Strategy
To prepare for Comparative Government, students need to know more political knowledge, build a strong foundation, pay close attention to current affairs news.
In addition, there need to be have huge vocabulary base for this subject. Therefore, candidates should also pay attention to the vocabulary when studying. Before the exam, you should also practise more questions, understand the routines and methods of doing the questions to avoid confusion during the examination.
Recommended Study Guides
-AP Comparative Government & Politics
Collection of Official Papers with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
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