AP CHEMISTRYThe Exam

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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Chemistry Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

  • Event
    • Mon, May 7, 2018

    AP Chemistry Exam Day 2018

    • 8 a.m. | 3 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The exam assesses students' understanding of the core scientific principles, theories, and processes governing chemical systems. There may be questions on the use of modeling to explain chemistry principles, the use of mathematical processes to explain concepts, making predictions and justifying phenomena, experimental design, and manipulation and interpretation of data.

Students have a periodic table of the elements and a formulas and constants chart to use on the entire exam. In addition, students may use a scientific or graphing calculator on the free-response section.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Chemistry student page for exam information and exam practice.

AP Calculator Policy

A scientific or graphing calculator is allowed on Section II of the exam.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 60 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which students are provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.

  • A calculator is not permitted on Section I.

Section II

Free Response — 7 Questions | 1 Hour, 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • There are three long- and four short-answer questions.

  • The questions assess the following skills: experimental design; quantitative/qualitative translation; analysis of authentic lab data and observations to identify patterns or explain phenomena; creating or analyzing atomic and molecular views to explain observations; and following a logical/analytical pathway to solve a problem.

  • A scientific or graphing calculator is permitted on Section II.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from past exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

The Past Exam Questions page has free-response questions and scoring information from the 2013 exam and before. Please note that this page does not represent the redesigned exam. However, the question types are the same and the topics similar, making them a valuable resource for students and teachers.

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

Exam Resources