Encourage students to use AP US Government and Politics for practice and review in the weeks leading up to the AP exam. Students might also use this as a tool for reviewing content for in-class assessments throughout the year.Continue reading Show less
AP US Government and Politics is a reference and review app for students preparing for the AP exam of the same name. The app features a quick review section for reading and reviewing content, sample multiple-choice questions, and sample free-response questions.
Within each unit of the quick review section, students can drill down into several smaller topics that include a topic summary, keywords, essential questions, and “identification” or vocabulary words. They can also use a simple flagging feature to mark sections as completed or in progress: Answering questions incorrectly in the multiple-choice section automatically flags different sections for further attention. Students can choose to take full-length practice multiple-choice and free-response tests, or they can target their practice to particular topics and concepts.
The built-in study statistics page may be this app’s most powerful feature. Students can see how long they’ve spent on each type of activity and the progress they’ve made in each topic. Teachers can also easily reset their study statistics, which might be a nice way to use the app for weekly or daily review.
The interface isn’t especially flashy: Other review apps on the market are more visually appealing and offer students more details on exam strategy. Still, eye-catching design is no substitute for good content. This is a rewarding tool for students willing to work hard and thoughtfully monitor their own progress.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.