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AP Exam Format
The 2018 AP GoPo Exam is at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
*(If you teach GoPo in the spring semester and school doesn't end until June 14, the exam is still on May 4; if it snows all January and you miss a ton of school, the exam is still May 4; if you have prom on Wednesday, May 3 (Midnight Masquerade), the exam is still on May 4. If you teach GoPo year long and graduate on May 2, cry me a river! You get the drift.)
The GoPo exam consists of two parts.
I. Multiple Choice 60 questions. 45 minutes. 45 seconds/question. 50% of exam grade.
II. Free Response 4 mandatory Questions. 1 hour, 40 minutes. 25 minutes/question. 50% of exam grade.
The AP GoPo exam covers six different units of study.
I. Constitutional Underpinnings 5-15% of test
II. Political Beliefs and Behaviors 10-20% of test
III. Parties, Interest Groups, + Mass Media 10-20% of test
IV. Institutions of National Government 35-45% of test
V. Public Policy 5-15% of test
VI. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 5-15% of test
*(There is no state/local unit, there is no unit on international politics, there is no unit on Midnight Masquerade.)
For the best AP GoPo review guides, tests, and games look no further than our Teacher GoPo Pro!
And students can download their own great GoPo Pro Student Review!
Top Ten Review Ideas
Take old US multiple choice exams and go over the answers.
Take old US free response exams and go over the answers. Here is my review of every FRQ since 2001. Predict what this year's FRQs will be!
Make flash cards of the most important politics terms. Here is a link to some tasty on-line GoPo flashcards.
Go over old tests, review sheets, class notes and texts.
Make a list/chart/graphic organizer of all the specific constitutional powers of the branches of government.
Put your heads together. Work in review teams and groups. Do not work together on the actual exam!
Play some of our fantastic review games. For review fun try GoPo Jeopardy!, BinGoPo, Name that GoPo Tune, and Odd One Out! And to play the all-time best & most comprehensive review game ever, check out GoPo Password and Password 2.0
Practice good test taking skills: Come to the test rested and relaxed, take your time on the test, answer all questions on the multiple choice section, build a rubric for your FRQs and write specific and factual answers.
Make a list of the top ten Supreme Court cases you should know for the test and then compare your list to my list of the Top Ten Supreme Court Cases.
Make a list of the top ten Constitutional Amendments and US Public Policy Acts and then compare your list to my list of the Top Ten Amendments and Public Policy
And we've remixed our favorite review game. Check out Password 2.0
AP Government + Politics AP Exam Content
AP GoPo Exam study list (in order of importance)
Approximately half of the test questions will come from numbers 1-6.
1. Powers of Congress
2. Powers of Presidency
3. Powers of Supreme Court
4. Powers of Bureaucracy
5. Relationship between institutions
6. Relationship between institutions and voters, media, PACs & parties
7. Federalism & Separation of Powers
8. Political parties and elections
9. Interest groups
10. Mass media
11. Political beliefs & Socialization
12. Public opinion and voting
13. Civil Rights and liberties
14. Constitutional adoption and formulation
15. Making public policy
Review with some of our favorite class starters!
Each day features class starters, vocabulary, test question, unit practice, and dietary supplements.
Day 1 - Unit 1 - Constitutional Underpinnings
Day 2 - Unit 2 - Political Beliefs and Behaviors
Day 3 - Unit 3 - Parties, Interest Groups, & Mass Media
Day 4 - Unit 4 - Part 1 - Congress
Day 5 - Unit 4 - Part 2 - Presidency
Day 6 - Unit 4 - Part 3 - Judiciary
Day 7 - Unit 5 - Public Policy
Day 8 - Unit 6 - Civil Rights & Liberties
GoPo Pro Student Review Guide