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# How to Approach the Multiple-Choice Questions on the AP US Government and Politics Exam (page 2)

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By McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Mar 22, 2011

### Scoring the Multiple-Choice Section

How Does the Scoring of the Multiple-Choice Section Work?

The multiple-choice section of the exam is taken on a scan sheet. The sheet is run through a computer that counts the number of wrong answers and subtracts a fraction of that score from the number of correct answers. The AP U.S. Government and Politics questions have five choices; the fraction deducted for a wrong answer is one-fourth of a point. The formula for the calculation looks like this:

Number right - (number wrong X .25) = raw score rounded up or down to nearest whole number

Let’s say you just took the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam. You answered 55 of the 60 questions, leaving 5 questions blank. After your multiple-choice section was scored, you got 47 questions correct and 8 questions incorrect. Your raw score for the multiplechoice section would be determined like this:

47 correct - (8 wrong X .25) = 45 Section I Raw Score

This score would then be added to the free-response score for a composite score on the exam. The composite score would be equated to an AP score of 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1.

### If I Don’t Know the Answer, Should I Guess?

Effective with the 2011 AP exam, points on the multiple choice section of the test are no longer deducted for incorrect answers. Therefore, it is to your advantage to guess on every question when you are not sure of the correct answer.

### The Time Is at Hand

It is now time to try Section I of a second diagnostic exam. Do this entire section in one sitting. Time yourself. Be honest with yourself when scoring your answers.

Note: If the 45 minutes passes before you finish all the questions, stop where you are and score what you have done up to this point. Afterward, answer the remaining questions, but do not count the answers as part of your score. When you have completed all the multiplechoice questions in this diagnostic exam, carefully read the explanations of the answers. Assess which types of questions give you trouble. Use this book to learn from your mistakes.

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