AP® Macroeconomics

  • Name:

    AP® Macroeconomics (ECON520)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Algebra 1 (MATH100) & Economics (ECON300); a grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year

AP® Macroeconomics


This course gives students an understanding of the principles of economics as applied to the economy as a whole. Specific areas of focus include basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination, the financial sector, inflation, unemployment, stabilization policies, economic growth and productivity, and international trade and finance issues. Learning with be applied and evaluated through a wide range of mediums including activity labs, tests, quizzes, multimedia, texts, charts, graphs, research projects, participation, and life skills. This course will prepare students to successfully complete the AP® Macroeconomics exam offered each May.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, please be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. For more information, please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org. Once on the site, search home-schooled students to find information on testing locations near you.


Macroeconomics is the branch of economics that studies the behavior and performance of an economy as a whole. It focuses on the aggregate changes in the economy such as unemployment, growth rate, gross domestic product,and inflation. Government and corporations use macroeconomic models to help in formulating economic policies and strategies. Did you know that Macroeconomists have predicted five out of the last nine recessions? Did you also know that by studying trends in macroeconomy, countries are able to prevent economic disasters such as recessions and depressions? In this course you will study basic economic concepts such as inflation, unemployment, and stabilization policies. You will also learn about the national income, economic growth, productivity, and international trade. You will be evaluated by taking quizzes, tests, constructing charts and conducting research projects. This course is designed to help prepare students to take the AP® Exam in May.

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