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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking Online AP Exams for the latest exam information.

New Secure Practice Exam
The international 2019 AP Chemistry Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank, along with scoring guidelines and a scoring worksheet.

You continue to have access to the international 2018 and 2017 exams. All are available as secure practice exams on the AP Course Audit site and as individual secure questions in the question bank. 

As a reminder, these exams are most appropriate for student practice late in the school year, as the exam date approaches.

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Personal progress checks in AP Classroom are a great way to ensure your students are continuing to build mastery of content and skills. The real-time results can help you and your students prioritize additional practice before the AP Exam.

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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available.

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

  • Event
    • Thu, May 7, 2020

    AP Chemistry Exam Day

    • 8 a.m. | 3 hrs 15 mins

Exam Format

The AP Chemistry Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section—won’t change.

Section 1: 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 1.

 

Section 2: 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.

A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended for use on Section 2.

 

AP Calculator Policy

A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended for use on Section 2 of the exam.

Calculator Policies and Approved Calculators

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain 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.