The Exam

AP Chemistry

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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information, download the AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description (CED).

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

Calculator Policy

Starting with the 2022-23 school year (spring 2023 exam), a scientific or graphing calculator is recommended for both sections of the exam. Note that neither the exam format (number of sections, number of questions) nor the science practices or skills are changing. This is strictly a change to the calculator policy.

Exam Date

Mon, May 6, 2024

12 PM Local

AP Chemistry Exam

Exam Format

The AP Chemistry Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Starting with the 2023 exam, a scientific or graphing calculator is recommended for use on both sections of the exam.

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.

Section II: Free Response
7 Questions | 1 Hour 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • There are 3 long-answer and 4 short-answer questions. Long-answer questions are worth 10 points each; short-answer questions are worth 4 points each.
  • The questions assess all 6 of the course skills: models and representations, question and method, representing data and phenomena, model analysis, mathematical routines, and argumentation.

AP Calculator Policy

Calculators are now allowed on both sections of the exam, starting with the 2023 exam, per the AP Exam Calculator Policy.

Make sure you and your students know what calculators are permitted.

Past Exam Questions and Scoring Information


AP Chemistry Past Exam Questions

View free-response questions and scoring information from past exams.

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