I took the AP United States Government and Policies Exam today. The first section was 45 minutes with 60 A through E multiple choice questions. They weren’t incredibly hard. It seemed like it was either cursory information you should just know by watching CNN a lot or it was incredibly abstract regarding a court or a law or a court case in the supreme court. There were blandly obvious questions that did not take even a second though but then were also those which required some internal debate as to what the College Board really wanted from me. There were questions that I just could not answer without guessing, so I stayed safe and skipped it. I had 15 minutes leftover to review my choices. No changes were made.
In total, I skipped 7 questions and I probably got 15 wrong, so that I presumably lost 5 points on top of that initial 7. So grand total,
60-12: 48. That’s what I’m shooting for.
Then there was an 11 minute break. Remember, no talking in the testing room and do not even think about discussing the content on the exam.
The second section wasn’t horrible either. I don’t think I did exceptionally well because it has been just so long since I really studied the material. Anyway, there were 4 short essay questions in 1 hour, 40 minutes. The time allotted to each question was about 25 minutes. I think that was just too much time because I was left with about 27 minutes when I was done with all four sections. Again, because I didn’t remember enough to fill everything in completely, I might have had a lot of extra time. This is not giving away much, so it is safe, but it was hard to remember the entire bill of rights, where things came from, but it would have been incredibly useful so as to not just skirt the best possible responses.
There was one bit of confusion I’d love to let the College Board know about. No where on the exam paper for the free-response questions did it say that it was supposed to be in essay form. It did not explicitly specify any form actually. So, is the free response section supposed to be in essay form?
So overall, I’m totally hoping for a 2/5 or 3/5. I feel so much better than I did with Chemistry.