Accessing Practice Materials
We’ve introduced a suite of new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom for teachers and students to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, personal progress checks, and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth.
Preparing Students for the Exam
Create personalized practice with a library of multiple-choice and free-response AP questions you can assign to students online or on paper using the question bank in AP Classroom.
2019 Score Reports Now Available
Access 2019 AP score reports.
Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Physics 1 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 Physics 1: Algebra-Based student page for exam information and exam practice.
- Thu, May 7, 2020
AP Physics 1 Exam Day
The AP Physics 1 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, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials—won’t change.
Section 1: 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 2: 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)
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 (available this fall). 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.