Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information, download the AP Physics 1 Course and Exam Description (CED).
Encourage your students to visit the AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based student page for exam information.
Exam Coverage Update
Colleges agree that Units 8–10 can be removed from AP Physics 1 since they are covered in AP Physics 2; accordingly, Units 8–10 are no longer tested in AP Physics 1. As of 2021, AP Physics 1 Exams focus exclusively on content covered in Units 1-7.
The AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.
Section I: Multiple Choice
50 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.
- The section includes 5 individual multi-select questions (2 options are correct).
Section II: Free Response
5 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
This section contains 5 free-response questions of the following types:
- Experimental Design (1 question)
- Qualitative/Quantitative Translation (1 question)
- Short Answer: Paragraph Argument (1 question)
- Short Answer (2 questions)
AP Calculator Policy
A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam.
Calculator Policies and Approved Calculators
Make sure you and your students know what calculators are permitted.
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
2022: Free-Response Questions
Samples and Commentary
Past Exam Questions and Scoring Information
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Past Exam Questions
View free-response questions and scoring information from past exams.