GoPo Pro Review


AP® United States Government and Politics Exam

The 2019 AP® GoPo Exam is at 8:00 am on Monday, May 6, 2019.

*If you teach GoPo in the spring semester and school doesn't end until June 14, the exam is still on May 6; if it snows all January and you miss a ton of school, the exam is still May 6; if you have prom on Friday, May 3 (Midnight Masquerade), the exam is still on May 6. If you teach GoPo year-long and graduate on May 2, cry me a river!

The GoPo exam consists of two parts.

I. Multiple Choice    55 questions. 80 minutes. 50% of exam grade.

  • Quantitative Analysis: Analysis and application of quantitative-based source material

    Five sets of quantitative analysis questions ((table, chart, line graph, map, etc.)

    Each set will contain two multiple-choice questions for a total of ten questions.

  • Qualitative Analysis: Analysis and application of text-based (primary and secondary) sources

    Two sets of questions based on a text.

  • Visual Analysis: Analysis and application of qualitative visual information

    Three sets of visual qualitative sources. (political cartoon, infographic, etc.)

  • Concept Application: Explanation of the application of political concepts in context

  • Comparison: Explanation of the similarities and differences of political concepts

    Five sets of comparison charts

  • Knowledge: Identification and definition of political principles, institutions, processes, policies, and behaviors

II. Free Response    4 mandatory Questions.  1 hour, 40 minutes. 50% of exam grade.

  • Concept Application: Respond to a political scenario, explaining how it relates to a political principle, institution, process, policy, or behavior (20 minutes. 12.5% of total score)

  • Quantitative Analysis: Analyze quantitative data, identify a trend or pattern, draw a conclusion for the visual representation, and explain how it relates to a political principle, institution, process, policy, or behavior (20 minutes. 12.5% of total score)

  • SCOTUS Comparison: Compare a nonrequired Supreme Court case with a required Supreme Court case, explaining how information from the required case is relevant to that in the nonrequired one (20 minutes. 12.5% of total score)

  • Argument Essay: Develop an argument in the form of an essay, using evidence from one or more required foundational documents (40 minutes. 12.5% of total score)

The AP® GoPo exam covers Five different units of study.

  • Unit 1     Foundations of American Democracy (approximately 15-22% of multiple choice questions)

  • Unit 2    Interactions Among Branches of Government (approximately 25-36% of multiple choice questions)

  • Unit 3    Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (approximately 13-18% of multiple choice questions)

  • Unit 4    American Political Ideologies and Beliefs (approximately 10-15% of multiple choice questions)

  • Unit 5    Political Participation (approximately 20-27% of multiple choice questions)

*(There is no state/local unit, there is no unit on international politics, there is no unit on Monster Trucks.)

The AP® GoPo exam covers required 9 Foundational Documents and 15 Landmark Supreme COurt Cases.

Required Foundational Documents

  1. Federalist No. 10

  2. Brutus No. 1

  3. The Declaration of Independence

  4. The Articles of Confederation

  5. The Constitution of the United States (Including the Bill of Rights and following Amendments)

  6. Federalist 51

  7. Letter from Birmingham Jail

  8. Federalist No. 70

  9. Federalist No. 78

Top eight Review Ideas

  1. Take old US multiple choice exams and go over the answers. Teachers can get tons of multiple choice practice questions and a complete practice exam in our Redesign Toolkit.

  2. Take old US free response exams and go over the answers. Check out the four FRQ Workshops in the toolkit and take a look at every FRQ since 2001.

  3. Make flash cards of the most important politics terms. Find a list of all the words you need to know in our AP® Government Glossary.

  4. Review over any tests, review sheets, class notes you can get your hands on.

  5. Make a list/chart/graphic organizer of all the specific constitutional powers of the branches of government.

  6. Play some of our fantastic review games. For review fun try:

    GoPo Jeopardy!

    Wheel of SCOTUS

    Wheel of Foundational Documents


    Name that GoPo Tune

    Odd One Out!

    GoPo Redesign Password

  7. And check out our brand new AP® Exam Survival Guide!

  8. On test day, come to the test rested and relaxed (you cannot cram for this exam), take your time on the test, answer all questions on the multiple choice section, don’t go back and change your answers, build a rubric for your FRQs and write specific and factual answers. Win!

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 linkage institutions (elections, political parties, interest groups & the media)

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

Try our 8 Day Magic GoPo Exam Review and Workout Program

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

Review with some of our best Class Starters!

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Take our GoPo Redesign Diagnostic Test for a preview of how you’ll do on the AP Exam on May 6th.


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