AP Comparative Government and Politics

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Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics (AP Comparative Government and Politics or AP Comp Gov) is an Advanced Placement comparative government or comparative politics course and exam offered by the College Board. It was first administered in 1987.

To better match a typical introductory college course, changes were made to the course and the exam in the fall of 2005. These changes include the following:

  • Greater emphasis on analysis of concepts and themes
  • Shifting focus to coverage of six core countries: China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia (France and India were eliminated)
  • Emphasis on themes such as citizen-state relations, democratization, globalization, political change, and public policy

Topic Outline[edit]

Nations Examined[edit]

The countries whose politics, political institutions, policy making, and political cultures are examined are the following:

Former countries on the AP exam are the following:

Note: For testing purposes, the College Board uses the names in parentheses when making reference to these sovereign entities.

Content Spectrum[edit]

The percentages cited apply only to the multiple-choice section of the examination.

Exam[edit]

(Changed for the 2020 exam)[1]

  • 55 Multiple Choice Questions in 60 Minutes
    • 50% of Score
      • Each question will have 4 options.
      • There will be 2 text-based sources, each one accompanied by 2-3 questions.
      • There will be 3 quantitative sources, each one accompanied by 2-3 questions.
  • 4 Free Response Questions in 90 Minutes
    • 50% of 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
Score 2011[2] 2012[3] 2013[4] 2014[5] 2015[6] 2016[7] 2017[8] 2018[9] 2019[10]
5 17.4% 19.3% 18.9% 19.7% 15.1% 20.5% 23.2% 20.6% 22.2%
4 21.9% 23.9% 21.2% 23.7% 19.9% 21.2% 24.5% 22.5% 24.8%
3 20.4% 18.6% 19.7% 18.7% 21.7% 20.4% 20.4% 19.8% 19.2%
2 21.4% 20.7% 22.8% 21.9% 22.8% 21.5% 17.8% 20.9% 18.7%
1 18.9% 17.5% 17.4% 16.1% 20.5% 16.4% 14.1% 16.2% 15.0%
% of 3 or Higher 59.7% 61.8% 59.8% 62% 56.7% 62.2% 68.1% 63.3%
Mean Score 2.97 3.07 3.01 3.09 2.86 3.08 3.25 3.12
Number of students 17,111 18,402 20,317 20,361 21,367 22,001 22,404 24,675

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updates for 2019-20 | AP Central — The College Board". AP Central. 2019-05-16. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  2. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  3. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  4. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2015" (PDF).
  7. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2016" (PDF).
  8. ^ The College Board. "AP Comparative Government and Politics Student Score Distributions 2017" (PDF).
  9. ^ https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/research/2018/Student-Score-Distributions-2018.pdf
  10. ^ Total Registration (June 28, 2019). "2019 AP Exam Score Distributions". www.totalregistration.net. Retrieved 2019-06-28.