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Supply and demand dragging you down? Weird. Usually, only the demand curve has a negative slope. (Thank you, thank you, we'll be here until the AP test.) For other amazing micro jokes and more, check out Shmoop's guide to the AP Microeconomics exam.

A Student's Guide To AP Exam Prep

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Specifically designed for mastering the AP Microeconomics exam. Learn why you should focus your studying on the mechanics of supply and demand, what puts the "micro" in "microeconomics," and how to put sentences together in an essay about econ.

Four Full-Length Practice Exams

As Socrates once said: “Know thy exam format before thy exam.” We admit he might not have said that, but that doesn’t make this idea any less important!

Every year, the AP Micro Exam is made up of the same two parts: 1. A multiple-choice section with 60 questions. You will have 70 minutes to work on this, and it will count for2/3 of your exam grade. 2. A 60-minute free-response section in which you have to answer 3 multi-part prompts. This counts for 1/3 of your grade.

With our four [bold] full-length practice exams, you can familiarize yourself with how those sections work, and crush the exam on test day.

Practice Drills

If you want to do well on the AP, you need to know what to expect in the exam. The AP Micro curriculum is nothing to sneeze at, but don’t worry if you have, in fact, been sneezing—Shmoop’s here to help with some Kleenex and a detailed review of all the important material.

This exam will test your analytical skills and not your skills of memorization. Yes, there will be some questions looking for identification or definitions, but the vast majority of the test questions will ask you to analyze things. We have plenty of practice drills [bold] to help you get comfortable with all the different types of questions you're going to face on exam day.

Extreme Topic Review

Sure, it’s a tough test, but you now have Shmoop by your side. We’ll hold your hand while you wade through the knee-deep marshlands of supply and demand; we’ll also help you tame the wild beasts of market competition and factors of production.

By the time you've made it through, you will know how to run factories and industrial empires. Microeconomics is the first step in becoming a tycoon. Soon, we might have to start calling you Moneybags!

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  • Supply & Demand

  • Firms: Costs, Revenue & Profits

  • Price Controls, Quantity Controls & Taxes

  • Elasticity

  • Economic Systems

  • Property Rights and the Role of Incentives

  • Comparative Advantage, Absolute Advantage, Specialization and Exchange

  • Circular Flow

  • Equilibrium

  • Consumer and Producer Surplus

  • Theory of Consumer Choice

  • Utility Maximization

  • Individual Demand Curves

  • Income and Substitution

  • Production Functions

  • Revenues and Profit

  • Perfect and Imperfect Competition

  • Monopoly and Oligopoly

  • Game Theory

  • Externalities & Market Failure

  • Public Goods

  • And a lot more!

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