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AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam Information

Learn What Score You'll Need and What Course Credit You'll Receive

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The AP U.S. Government and Politics exam covers the U.S. Constitution, political beliefs, political parties, interest groups, the media, the institutions of the national government, public policy, and civil rights. In 2013, nearly 256,000 students took the exam. The mean score was a 2.65. A high score on the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam will sometimes fulfill a college's history or social science requirement.

The chart below presents some representative data from a variety of colleges and universities. This information is meant to provide a general overview of the scoring and placement practices related to the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam. For other schools, you'll need to search the college's website or contact the appropriate Registrar's office to get AP placement information.

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The distribution of scores for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam is as follows (2013 data):

  • 5 - 11.3%
  • 4 - 14.3%
  • 3 - 26.1%
  • 2 - 24.8%
  • 1 - 23.5%

To learn more specific information about the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam, be sure to visit the official College Board website.

AP U.S. Government and Politics Scores and Placement
College Score Needed Placement Credit
Georgia Tech 4 or 5 POL 1101 (3 semester hours)
Grinnell College 4 or 5 4 semester credits; no placement
LSU 4 or 5 POLI 2051 (3 credits)
MIT 5 9 general elective units
Mississippi State University 4 or 5 PS 1113 (3 credits)
Notre Dame 5 Political Science 10100 (3 credits)
Reed College 4 or 5 1 credit; exam may satisfy prerequisites
Stanford University - no credit or placement for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam
Truman State University 3, 4 or 5 POL 161 American National Government (3 credits)
UCLA (School of Letters and Science) 3, 4 or 5 4 credits and fulfills American History requirement
Yale University - no credit or placement for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam

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