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Exam and section directions will appear in the testing application

Unlike on paper and pencil exams, students taking digital exams will receive directions primarily from the digital testing application, not from a proctor, whether they take the digital exam at school or at home.

On the digital exam, directions will be shown on a pop-up in the digital exam application when the clock starts at the beginning of each section. Students will have a chance to read them before starting to answer questions, and can view them at any time by clicking the Directions link in the upper left corner of the application.  

Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear at the beginning of each section. While students should read the directions, they should be aware that the timer will be running while they do so, both at the beginning of each section and while they’re working during the exam.

General Exam Directions will appear in the left column of the directions pop-up, and will be the same for all sections of that exam. Section Directions will appear in the right column, and will be specific to each section of the exam.

When you answer digital practice questions in the digital testing application, these same directions will appear along with a note when practice has a different number of questions than the actual exam.

The following is the full text of the directions that will appear on the digital AP Physics 1 Exam.

Exam Directions

The AP Physics 1 Exam is 3 hours long. Section I lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and has 50 multiple-choice questions. Section II, Part A lasts 45 minutes and has 25 multiple-choice questions. Section II, Part B lasts 45 minutes and has 2 free-response questions.

The AP Physics Table of Information is available by clicking the Reference button in the toolbar at the upper right of your screen.

Calculators may be used on all sections of the exam.

Please note that you are responsible for pacing yourself. The clock will turn red when 5 minutes remain, but the proctor or app will not give you any other time updates.

Do not spend too much time on any one question, but remember that you cannot go back to a question once you’ve moved on to the next question.

You may use scratch paper for notes and planning, but credit will only be given for responses entered in this application.

Section Directions–Section I

Section I: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 50 multiple-choice questions.

Each of the questions or incomplete statements is followed by four suggested answers or completions.

For questions 1–45, select the single best answer choice for each question.

For questions 46–50, two of the suggested answers will be correct. For each of these questions, you must select both correct choices to earn credit. No partial credit will be earned if only one correct choice is selected. Select the two that are best in each case. 

Note: To simplify calculations, you may use g = 10 m/s2 in all problems.

Section Directions–Section II, Part A

Section II, Part A: 45 minutes, 25 multiple-choice questions.

Each of the questions or incomplete statements is followed by four suggested answers or completions. Select the single best answer choice for each question. There are no multi-select questions in this section.

Note: To simplify calculations, you may use g = 10 m/s2 in all problems.

Section Directions–Section II, Part B

Section II, Part B: 45 minutes, 2 free-response questions.

In this section, you will answer each question in multiple parts, shown on separate screens. You may move back and forth among the parts of the question you are answering, but once you answer the last part of the question and go on to the next one, you cannot go back to any part of the question you finished.

You are advised to spend:

  • Question 1 (Qualitative/Quantitative Translation): approximately 25 minutes
  • Question 2 (Paragraph Argument): approximately 20 minutes 

Note: To simplify calculations, you may use g = 10 m/s2 in all problems.

All final numerical answers should include appropriate units. Credit for your work depends on demonstrating that you know which physical principles would be appropriate to apply in a particular situation, as well as on the quality of your solutions and explanations. Therefore, you should show your work.

All responses can be typed on a standard keyboard, along with special characters you can access from the Ω button on the toolbar.

For prompts that reference a specific question part, you can click on the » symbol shown in the prompt to automatically scroll to the referenced location.