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The five-point rate for AP US Government is around 10% in the recent years. Similar to most arts subjects in AP, it focus on testing student's ability to gather information and analyse important facts. In some case studies, students are required to interpret discussions.
In addition, it is important for students to describe and compare the important facts, concepts and theories about US Government, and be able to apply them correctly. Although the subject has a wide content coverage, it is not difficult, especially for students who are strong in arts subjects.
This subject is mainly about the structure of US government and some concepts about the US government and politics, including constitutional basis, political
beliefs and behaviours, political parties, interest groups, mass media, national government agencies, public policies, civil rights and civil liberties.
This subject require students to be able to define, compare, elaborate, and explain the characteristic political concepts, policies, procedures, opinions, and behaviours in these American political systems.
Should You Take AP US Government?
This subject is generally not difficult. It mainly examines the ability of comparative analysis and information processing. It is suitable for students who are interested in subjects related to political science.
Section 1: Multiple Choice
55 Questions | 1 Hour 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
• Individual questions (no stimulus): ~30
• Set-based questions
-Quantitative Analysis: Analysis and application of quantitative-based source material
-Qualitative Analysis: Analysis and application of text-based (primary and secondary) sources
-Visual Analysis: Analysis and application of qualitative visual information
Section 2: Free Response
4 Questions | 1 Hour 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
• Concept Application: Respond to a political scenario, describe and explain the effects of a political institution, behaviour, or process
• Quantitative Analysis: Analyze quantitative data, identify a trend or pattern, or draw a conclusion from a visual representation and explain how it relates to a political principle, institution, process, policy, or behaviour
• SCOTUS Comparison: Compare a non required Supreme Court case with a required Supreme Court case, explaining how information from the required case is relevant to the non required one
• Argument Essay: Develop an argument in the form of an essay, using evidence from required foundational documents and course concepts
Test Prep Strategy
US Government mainly study all aspects of American political government. It is more specific and emphasises on understanding instead of memorising. It is recommended that other than studying the subject guides, candidates should also pay attention to current affairs, which will deepen their grasp of learning points.
Recommended Study Guides
-5 Steps to a 5 AP US Government and Politics
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