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To bring you and your students new classroom resources and supports, we’re making updates to AP Chemistry for the 2019-20 school year.

  • These updates will give you a clearer sense of the content and skills that will be tested on the AP Exam. They’ll also ensure that the exam format remains consistent from year to year.
  • Course and exam information will now be more clearly presented in an updated course and exam description (CED)—available in print later this year as a customizable binder. You can preorder a free copy now.
  • The 2019-20 AP Course Audit will open in May 2019, and you won’t need to update your syllabus.
  • Starting in August, you’ll need to complete a simple digital activation process to access the new resources and help your students register for their exams.

AP Chemistry Updates

Brief video overview of the updates to AP Chemistry in 2019-20.

Course Updates

AP Chemistry has been updated for the 2019-20 school year to make things clearer for you and your students, reduce scope, and better align with college-level expectations.

Currently Starting in 2019-20

A course and exam description (CED) is available to help you plan your instruction. 

Starting in late May 2019, you'll have access to an updated course and exam description (CED) that more clearly outlines all required course content and defines how that content will be assessed on the exam.

Watch a video overview of the updated CEDs.

Print copies will be available in easy-to-use, customizable binders in June 2019. Preorder your free copy using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.

The current CED is organized conceptually, by big ideas.

The updated CED organizes the course into nine commonly taught units:

  1. Atomic Structure and Properties
  2. Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties
  3. Intermolecular Forces and Properties
  4. Chemical Reactions
  5. Kinetics
  6. Thermodynamics
  7. Equilibrium
  8. Acids and Bases
  9. Applications of Thermodynamics

This represents a sequence that is found in widely adopted college textbooks and that many AP Chemistry teachers have told us they follow.

By organizing the course content and skills into units, we’re able to give you and your students free formative assessments—personal progress checks—that you can assign throughout the year to measure student progress.

We want to respect your time and expertise by providing a road map you can modify and adapt to your local priorities and preferences. You can choose to follow this suggestion for how content can be sequenced and paced. As always, you’ll have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

In the current CED, multiple learning objectives are connected to multiple essential knowledge statements.

Each learning objective is now clearly connected to specific essential knowledge statements in the framework. With this kind of specificity, you and your students will know how that content will be assessed on the AP Exam.

The current CED includes science practices in a separate section not specifically integrated with the course content.

The framework in the updated CED now outlines more specific science practices that AP Chemistry students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like chemists. For example, students will engage in scientific questioning and describe and interpret models. 

Exam Updates

Although there will be some updates to the course, there won't be any updates to the structure of the AP Chemistry Exam: The weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section aren't changing.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, however, the AP Chemistry Exam will have question types and point values that stay consistent every year so that you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

New Resources and Supports

Hear what AP teachers are saying about the new resources.

Improved CED with Unit Guides (Available Late May 2019)

AP Classroom (Available August 1, 2019)

AP Classroom is a dedicated online platform designed to support you and your students throughout your AP experience. The platform features a variety of powerful resources and tools to give you year-long support and enable your students to receive meaningful feedback on their progress:

Unit Guides

Appearing in the CED and on AP Classroom, these planning guides will outline all required course content and skills, organized into commonly taught units. Each unit guide will suggest sequence and pacing of content, scaffold skill instruction across units, and provide tips on taking the exam.

Personal Progress Checks

These formative AP questions for every AP Chemistry unit will give students feedback on the areas where they need to focus. Personal progress checks measure knowledge and skills through multiple-choice questions with rationales explaining correct and incorrect answers, and free-response questions with scoring information.

Progress Dashboard

This dashboard will let you review individual student and class progress throughout the year. You’ll be able to view class trends and see where students struggle with content and skills that will be assessed on the AP Exam. Students will be able to view their own progress over time to improve their performance before the AP Exam.

AP Question Bank

The AP question bank is an online library of real AP Exam questions. You’ll be able to find questions indexed by course topics and skills, create customized tests, and assign them online or on paper. These tests will enable students to practice and get feedback on each question.

Enhanced Score Reports (Available July 2020)

Instructional Planning Reports (IPRs) will give you actionable feedback about students’ learning of both content and skills, automatically grouped by your class sections in AP Classroom.

Key Dates for AP Chemistry Teachers

School Year 2018-19

  • You can start accessing new resources to get ready for the 2019-20 school year:
    • Updated AP Chemistry CED and unit guides—plus an interactive tutorial on how to use them
    • Video previews of the AP question bank, personal progress checks, and the progress dashboard
  • The AP Course Audit opens for 2019-20, a few months later than usual.
    • To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources, you won’t need to submit a syllabus for AP Chemistry or any other subjects with course and exam updates in 2019-20.
    • If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Chemistry course, you can have your course renewed by your AP Course Audit administrator.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP Chemistry course, you’ll need to submit an AP Course Audit form and make sure it’s approved by your Course Audit administrator. This form must be approved before you can access the new resources that become available in August 2019.*

Summer 2019

  • 2019 AP Summer Institutes begin. Updated AP Chemistry workshop materials will be available to provide context on the CED, unit guides, and other new resources.
  • 2019 CED binders are available. You can preorder your free copy now using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • August 1: The AP Classroom system resources—including unit guides, personal progress checks, progress dashboard, and question bank—become available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the system and ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP Chemistry course in 2019-20, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.*
  • Mid-August: 1-day workshops begin.
  • Familiarize yourself with the system and start exploring the resources.
  • As you create your sequencing and pacing calendars, use the Course at a Glance and unit guides in the CED to inform your decisions. These can also help you determine how to fit the personal progress checks into your instruction so you and your students can receive timely instructional feedback.
  • Access the AP question bank to see what questions are available for you to assign to your students for instructional and assessment purposes throughout the year.

2019-20 School Year

In the First Week of Class

  • Log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections (you may also receive them from your AP coordinator).*
  • Distribute join codes to your students and help them get into AP Classroom and enroll in your class section.*
  • Start using the AP Classroom resources and supports.
  • By October: Work with your AP coordinator to ensure that all your AP students have joined the appropriate AP Classroom sections.*
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • Use your progress dashboard to see where students are demonstrating strength and where they have opportunities for further growth.
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline, if applicable, to submit your AP Chemistry Course Audit form and have it approved by your administrator for 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.*
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • Use the AP question bank and feedback on the progress dashboard to help students prepare for their AP Exams.
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

* = required action