The Best AP US Government and Politics Books

Exam Info And Course Content

The AP US Government exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is multiple choice, has 60 questions, lasts 45 minutes, and counts for 50% of your overall exam score.

The second section is free response. It consists of 4 questions, lasts 100 minutes, and counts for 50% of your total exam score.

College Board provides free example test questions, so click here if you want to check them out.

Next Exam Date

Thursday, May 10th 2018

Last Time The Exam Changed

The AP Government exam has never been changed, but it will be undergoing review soon and might be changed for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Best AP US Government and Politics Books in 2018

Best Prep Book: Crash Course: AP US Government and Politics

AP US Government And Poitics Crash Course Book Best PrepThe best AP US Government book for reviewing for the exam is definitely the Crash Course book by Larry S. Krieger.

It is the shortest AP gov review book out there, but it is the most useful one of them all as it only includes the information you need to know for the test.

It also has a couple of chapters specifically devoted to terms, topics, and court cases that have been tested in nearly every past AP test, and if you know those ones you can get at least a 3.

The book is very easy to read, and all of the information is nicely arranged using bullet points. You can also take their free online practice exam which automatically scores your test and tells you which topics you need to study up on.

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Best Review Book: Barron’s AP Government and Politics Flashcards

Since the we think the majority of students will have a pretty easy time with US Government and Politics, we recommend something easy like Barron’s AP Flashcards.

Barron AP Government Flashcards For Studying For The AP ExamWe also recommend buying Barron’s AP Gov flashcards as they make it incredibly easy to study while on the go.

There are over 400 flashcards, and if you know most of the information on them, and you read the Crash Course book and take the practice test, you will get a 5 on the exam.

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Self-Study Tips

The AP Government exam is one of the easiest APs to self-study for.

You can start studying 30 minutes per day 2 weeks before the test, and you will have a very high chance of getting a 5 or a 4.

Your best bet is reading the Crash Course book cover to cover and seeing how you do on their practice test. If you do well you can spend 10 minutes a day reviewing the flashcards, and skim over the book the night before the test and more likely than not you will get a 5 or a 4.

However if you don’t do well, we recommend that you Princeton’s review book, taking the 2 practice tests in it, and looking over the sections that you didn’t do well on in the practice exams.