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Important Updates

AP Score Reports
Subject score rosters and student score reports for the 2020 AP Exams will be available beginning July 15.

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Accessing 2020 FRQs and Exam Responses
If your students answered free-response questions on the AP Exam in 2020, you can access their responses in the Student Response Portal. The full suite of questions your students received on exam day is available within AP Classroom.

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AP Questions and Feedback Throughout the Year
AP practice exams and all relevant previous exam questions are available in the AP Classroom question bank. Personal progress checks are also available in AP Classroom for use throughout the year and are a great way to ensure your students build mastery of content and skills. Use the progress dashboard to view progress across units and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses to inform instructional planning and additional support.

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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 Physics 2 Course and Exam Description (CED).

Encourage your students to visit the AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • FRI, MAY 7, 2021, 8 AM LOCAL

    AP Physics 2 Exam Day


Exam Format

The AP Physics 2: 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 1: Multiple Choice

50 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, which may include a stimulus or a set of data along with a series of related questions.
  • Includes 5 individual multi-select questions (2 options are correct)

Section 2: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • This section contains 4 free-response questions of the following types:
    • Experimental Design (1 question)
    • Quantitative/Qualitative Translation (1 question)
    • Short Answer: Paragraph Argument (1 question)
    • Short Answer (1 question)

AP Calculator Policy

A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

2020 Free-Response Questions

Sign in to AP Classroom to access resources including the 2020 free-response questions, personal progress checks, and the question bank, and practice exams aligned to the current course.

To preserve the large number of new FRQs for teacher use, only teachers have access to the 2020 FRQs. If you are a higher education faculty member interested in seeing questions, please fill out this request form.

2019 Free-Response Questions

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.