I am an AP US Government teacher. The AP Exam is Tuesday, May 14th. AMAA.
Need some last minute help as you cram for the exam?
Some basics: The exam is 60 multiple choice questions and 4 Free Response Questions (FRQs).
The multiple choice breakdown is as follows:
5 – 15% Constitutional Underpinnings of US Government 10 – 20% Political Beliefs and Behaviors 10 – 20% Political Parties, Interests Groups, and Mass Media 35 – 45% Institutions of National Government 5 – 15% Public Policy 5 – 15% Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Some general advice first, especially concerning the FRQs.
1.) Answer the question asked, not the question you wish had been asked. (Save this for when you become a politician, as for now, you want college credit).
2.) If the questions tells you to "explain", this requires that you prove your point. Do not just identify, nor just describe. Provide a thorough explanation and prove it with examples. There is often not partial credit.
Proof: School Home Page
By the way, my website has PowerPoint outlines and Review Materials. Feel free to use them and ask questions.
Edit: Thanks for all the questions, to be honest this was not nearly as overwhelming as a I feared. I'm off to bed (12:00am P), I will keep up with this throughout tomorrow so feel free to post more questions.
Edit 2: This was a lot of fun, but after answering questions for 24 hours, teaching all day, holding a 4 hour AP review session for my students this afternoon, I think I am going to call it a day. Good luck to all of you on your test tomorrow, hope this was of some help.