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Important Updates

2017 Chief Reader Report Module
The Chief Reader for the 2017 AP Chemistry exam provides a brief walkthrough of the highlights of their Chief Reader Report. In this presentation, Paul Bonvallet of the College of Wooster gives bite-sized overviews of each free-response question—how students performed, teaching tips for areas where students struggled, and a deeper understanding of the questions and results.

Quantitative Skills in the AP Sciences (2018)
This reference guide is for students to use as they develop quantitative skills throughout the course.

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Chemistry. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.

The Lab Manual Has Moved
The AP Chemistry teacher lab manual has moved to the Secure Documents section of your AP Course Audit account. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click Secure Documents in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Secure Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP Chemistry Exam is available on the AP Course Audit website.

Course Overview

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Created by the AP Chemistry Development Committee, the course curriculum is compatible with many Chemistry courses in colleges and universities.

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

College Board Store

Find AP Chemistry publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Chemistry.