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- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryPrepare for the AP US Government and Politics exam with this convenient and self-paced test prep course. The course contains engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes that help you review and retain all the information you'll need to know. This Study.com course was last updated in 2018.
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With this engaging AP US Government and Politics exam study guide course, you'll get a broad introduction to U.S. government, from its structure to its duties through a series of brief and engaging video lessons. Use the self-assessment quizzes to gauge your progress as you learn about checks and balances, federalism, civil rights and liberties, and the three branches of government. Help from an expert is available through the Dashboard if you have any questions as you work through the course.
This course was last updated in 2019.
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Syllabus & Course Information
In this course, you'll find short, easy-to-follow lessons and quizzes on all of the topics you'd expect to find on the exam. These include political parties, the political culture in America and economic and fiscal policy. Once you finish this course, you should be ready to:
- Outline constitutional democracy
- Detail federalism in the United States
- Describe the role of mass media in politics
- Differentiate between political parties
- Explain the executive, legislative and judicial system
- Define civil liberties and civil rights
- Identify public, environmental and social policy
- Outline American foreign and defense policy
- Discuss voting, interest groups and elections
This professionally developed course consists of 161 lessons grouped into 17 chapters to provide you with a comprehensive resource you can use to prepare for the AP US Government and Politics exam. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter tests to assess your knowledge before exam day.
AP US Government and Politics Exam Information
The AP US Government and Politics exam is meant to test you on the skills and knowledge you learned during your AP US Government and Politics course. Depending on your score, you may earn advanced placement or credit for college.
- Number of Questions: 59
- Question Type: 55 multiple-choice, 4 free-response
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Exam Cost: $94
AP US Government and Politics Exam Breakdown
In addition to the main multiple-choice section outlined below (approximately 50% of the exam), the other 50% of the test is made up of four free-response questions that address various US government and politics concepts that you've studied throughout the course.
|AP US Government and Politics Exam Concept||Percent of the AP US Government and Politics Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Lessons|
|Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government||5-15%||3-8 questions||34|
|Political Beliefs & Behaviors||10-20%||5-10 questions||7|
|Political Parties, Interest Groups & Mass Media||10-20%||5-10 questions||41|
|Institutions of National Government: The Congress, the Presidency, the Bureaucracy & the Federal Courts||35-45%||19-25 questions||48|
|Public Policy||5-15%||3-8 questions||18|
|Civil Rights & Civil Liberties||5-15%||3-8 questions||13|
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