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A.P. Government Spring 2010 A.P. Government Review 2010 Adapted from http://www.cramcentral.com Congratulations! You’ve made it through your AP U.S. Government course and are now ready to prepare for the AP Exam. These tips and strategies should help you in the final days or weeks before taking the exam. Remember that preparing for the Exam is a bit like training for a marathon--you won’t do as well if you wait and cram a lot of training into the day before the Exam. Working at a reasonable pace from now until test day will pay off in the end. The Format of the Exam : Let’s begin by looking at a breakdown of how the AP US Government Exam is structured: Questions Time allowed Percentage of grade 60 multiple choice 45 minutes 50% 4 free response 100 minutes 50% The questions on the test will cover topics from the whole course. However, in the multiple- choice section, you’ll find that certain subjects come up more often: Subject Percentage of the Test Government Institutions (Congress, presidency, courts, bureaucracy) 35 to 40% Political Behavior of Individuals (political culture, public opinion, voting) 10 to 20% Political Behavior of Groups (political parties, elections, interest groups, PACs, and mass media) 10 to 20% Constitutional Foundations (federalism, checks and balances, separation of powers, theories of democracy) 5 to 15% Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 5 to 15% Public Policy 5 to 15% Preparing for the Exam : Preparing for the AP US Government Exam is like preparing for any other exam you’ve taken in your life; you have to study . We suggest creating a study plan, in which you decide what you need to study, and how much time you can spend on each subject. Refer to the chart above for percentages of questions covered on the Exam. Keep in mind that the focus of the Exam is on the general principles--the "big picture" that guides our system of government. Don’t spend time memorizing obscure rules and "trivial pursuit" type facts (although such facts might help support a free response).
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One of the most important things you can do to help yourself on the exam is to relax and stay confident so that you can think clearly. Remember: you don’t need to get every problem right to get a 5 on the exam, so if you find problems that you can’t answer, don’t let that lower your confidence. It’s also important to keep going on the exam. Your goal is to "harvest" as many points as possible, so concentrate and work efficiently the entire time. Use every minute you have, and don’t stop! Many people don’t receive the score they deserve simply because they got tired, lost concentration, and missed questions. Strategies for Questions: Strategies for Multiple-Choice Questions - Before choosing an answer, read through all the possible answers. On many of the questions you can avoid spending too much time on a problem by reading the possible answers first. This can help you eliminate answers that are incorrect, which will narrow down your choices.
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