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The Ultimate AP Macroeconomics Guide & Official Past-Year Papers with MCQ

by Jennifer L on January 25, 2021

The Ultimate AP Macroeconomics Guide & Official Past-Year Papers with MCQ

Content Difficulty

Among all the social science subjects, AP Macroeconomics has always been favoured by most candidates for its low difficulty level and high five-point rate. In 2019, the average AP scored by candidates globally is 2.94.

Content Coverage

Macroeconomics focuses more on the country level, the scope of examination is wide. However, candidates only need to have the preliminary understanding of the level of economic phenomena. The content covered is as much as possible to maintain consistency with the corresponding university economics courses.

 

Should You Take AP Macroeconomics?

The difficulty level is relatively low. The content learn is close to life, with wide range of applications. It has quite low mathematics requirements (you can fully grasp the basic mathematics of junior high school). It is recommended to prepare for the exam.

 

Exam Format

Section I: Multiple Choice
60 Questions | 1 Hour 10 Minutes | 66% of Exam Score
Questions require the use of economics content knowledge and reasoning across the range of course topics and skills in skill categories 1, 2, and 3.

Section II: Free Response
3 Questions | 1 Hour (includes a 10-minute reading period) | 33% of Exam Score
• 1 long free-response question (50% of section score).
• 2 short free-response questions (each worth 25% of section score).
• Students will be asked to:
-Make assertions about economic concepts, principles, models, outcomes, and/or effects
-Explain economic concepts, principles, models, outcomes, and/or effects
-Perform numerical analysis
-Create graphs or visual representations

 

Score Distribution

 

Test Prep Strategy

The 2020 score distribution report shows that the 5-point rates for AP Macroeconomic is 19.5%, proving that the subject is not as difficult as imagined. So how can we get a high score or even 5 points? Here are some suggestions:


1.Make notes. There are many similar concepts in economics, which can be easily confused. Hence it is very important to make notes, this allows you to quickly revise all concepts before the exam.

2.Focus on your weaknesses and have a collection of wrongly done questions. This allows you to focus on concepts that you are weak at. Keep reviewing the relevant content and test yourself to see if you are able to correct your own logic and thinking process.

3.Keep practising different questions before the exam. In the process of practising the questions, you can understand where you are weak at, so you know where to focus on and this will help a lot in exam preparation.

 

Recommended Study Guides

-Principles of Economics
-Principles of Economics-South-Western College Pub (2017)
-Krugman Economics for AP
-Economics McConnell Brue 17e
-Economics-McGraw-Hill (2017)
-AP Macroeconomics Crash Course
-Cracking the AP Economics Princeton Review
-5 Steps to a 5 AP Economics:
-AP Micro/Macroeconomics Barron

 

Collection of Official Papers with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

  1. AP Macroeconomics 1960 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  2. AP Macroeconomics 1990 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  3. AP Macroeconomics 1995 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  4. AP Macroeconomics 2000 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  5. AP Macroeconomics 2005 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  6. AP Macroeconomics 2008 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  7. AP Macroeconomics 2010 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  8. AP Macroeconomics 2012 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  9. AP Macroeconomics 2013 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  10. AP Macroeconomics 2014 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  11. AP Macroeconomics 2015 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  12. AP Macroeconomics 2016 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  13. AP Macroeconomics 2017 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  14. AP Macroeconomics 2018 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  15. AP Macroeconomics 2019 Full Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  16. AP Macroeconomics Practice Exam Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions
  17. AP Macroeconomics Practice Exam 2 Paper with Multiple-Choice Questions

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