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Question about AP Government!!

8888888888888888 Posts: 4,466Registered User Senior Member
edited February 2007 in AP Tests Preparation
At your school is AP government a year long class, or semester class? I'm asking this because I heard someone in my school say that starting with the class of 08 in my school, Government is only 1 semester.(But he's not sure if its regular or AP) I just want to know if at some schools government is a 1 semester class.
Also if it is an 1 semester class, how do we take the AP test? If it's one semester, does that mean I have to wait like 4 months before taking the AP test?
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Replies to: Question about AP Government!!

  • Ilovesoftball44Ilovesoftball44 Posts: 1,497Registered User Senior Member
    I think in most schools AP Government is a semester course. Some schools do AP U.S. Government the first semester and then AP Comparative Government the second semester. 4 months isn't that long of a gap because all you have to do is review your notes ocasionally, like once a week, maybe. It's a very easy test.
  • 8888888888888888 Posts: 4,466Registered User Senior Member
    My school's AP government class is currently a year long class. And recently I heard some rumors that my school was changing it to a 1 semester class. Hopefully the rumors are true at my school.. It could help my senior scheduling.
    Thanks for your input.
  • christalena2christalena2 Posts: 1,668Registered User Senior Member
    Mine is a semester. We take 1 semester AP Gov, then 1 semester AP Macroecon. I took AP gov first semester, and we had to turn in everything that we did/used so that we couldn't give it to the semester 2 class.

    My class will get everything back within a couple weeks of the AP test and have study sessions at school. I still remember ost of what I learned, and I bought a prep book for some review.
  • trizkutttrizkutt Posts: 236. Junior Member
    one very hard, busy semester. I got a 5 on the exam, though, thanks to the strenuous nature of of the class.
  • Jman2306Jman2306 Posts: 2,489Registered User Senior Member
    It's a semester at my school. I wish it was year-long because we're supposed to read about 40 pages per week, and I just don't have the time to do that.
  • skatearabiaskatearabia Posts: 124Registered User Junior Member
    It's a full year at mine (comparative government, that is), and it's great to be able to spend so much time on it. The class isn't intense at all, and we get to have a lot of seminars and read non-AP-syllabus materials. I mean, the textbook is only 400 pages, and we've got all year to do it...leaves plenty of room to fit in more interesting things.
  • FloridaBoy2007FloridaBoy2007 Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    1st sem - AP U.S. Government
    2nd sem - AP Comparative Government

    But its a year course cuz ur not allowed to NOT take ap comparative if u take ap us govt, once u take ap us govt u signed a contract saying u must stay the next sem for ap comp govt

    for my school that is
  • saint_paulsaint_paul Posts: 469Registered User Member
    I'm surprised that so many schools have AP US Government as only a semester class. I can't imagine cramming in all that information for the first semester. At my school, it's always been a year long course. We do have a couple of other government classes that are a semester, though (stuff like foreign policy, international diplomacy, politics, gov't, etc).
  • ?????? Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    What prep book should I get for U.S. govt. since our school require every senior to take regular govt. and they are thinking of adding an AP govt. class to the school, but I will graduate this year so I don't really care?! Also, what is your routine of studying for this exam?
  • fizixfizix Posts: 1,813Registered User Senior Member
    ^^Princeton Review helped a lot.
    I just crammed for the test in April. A lot. I'd go to the exercise room in my apartment and read through PR while running on the treadmill.
  • honied_dreamshonied_dreams Posts: 459Registered User Member
    My AP US Gov class was 1 year long, but regular Gov is only a semester. I think it would be easy to get through everything needed for the test in a semester, but it wouldn't have been very fun--no mock senate or supreme court or presidential elections (or beach party!)--and we covered a lot more that wasn't on the AP test.
  • Sheed30Sheed30 Posts: 12,425Registered User Senior Member
    AP gov. class 1st semester
    Micro and Macro econ. second semester.
  • christalena2christalena2 Posts: 1,668Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ Just like ours, except it's only macro
  • RyanOG88RyanOG88 Posts: 288Registered User Junior Member
    9 weeks -_-
  • Wonky-FaintWonky-Faint Posts: 395Registered User Member
    yeah same here ryanOG88.

    its 9 weeks AP Gov't and 9 weeks AP Micro/macro (you get to choose) = 1 semester.
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