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Important Updates

2021 Exam Information

Updated April 8 Students can now download the digital testing application and take digital practice to prepare them for the testing experience. See below for more information on digital practice and taking the digital exam.

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exams will be offered on paper in early May and late May, and as a digital exam in early June. Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam will be full length and measure the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description (CED), giving students the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

The paper exams will follow the typical multiple-choice and free-response format given in the CED. The digital exam will take the same amount of time, but will consist of double the number of multiple-choice questions as the paper exam, and no free-response questions.

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.

AP Daily and AP Classroom
Short, searchable AP Daily videos can be assigned alongside topic questions to help you cover all course content, skills, and task models, and check student understanding. Unlock personal progress checks so students can demonstrate their knowledge and skills unit by unit and use the progress dashboard to highlight progress and additional areas for support. As the exam approaches, assign AP practice exams in the AP Classroom question bank and encourage students to take advantage of AP Daily: Live Review sessions April 19–29.

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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information, download the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Course and Exam Description (CED).

Encourage your students to visit the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism student page for exam information.

Digital Practice and Testing Information

Updated April 8

Digital Practice Now Available

Starting April 8, students can try out the test-day experience by answering example questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism students will have two options to answer example questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.

  • Digital Practice has shortened MCQ sections:
    • Section I: 5 multiple-choice questions, 5 minutes, followed by a shortened 5-minute break
    • Section II: 4 multiple-choice questions, 5 minutes
  • The App Demo is an even shorter subset of the questions in Digital Practice–5 multiple-choice questions, with no break.

We highly recommend all students take the Digital Practice, and strongly advise that if they can’t take the Digital Practice, they at least take the App Demo. Both can be taken multiple times, and can be accessed directly in the digital testing application. Students can access their answers and an MCQ answer key for the Digital Practice. Note: Taking the App Demo after completing Digital Practice may override student answers from Digital Practice. Teachers can also access digital practice from the teacher dashboard, available beginning April 22.

Taking the Digital Exam

Students should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that they’ll encounter—in the Digital Practice and on exam day:

  • As a reminder, students will answer all multiple-choice questions directly in the digital exam application. Scratch paper is permitted for notes or calculations, but students cannot handwrite or otherwise upload responses.
  • The AP Physics C Equation Sheet can be accessed with the Reference button in the upper right button bar of the application. The interface and layout are different in the digital testing application than in the paper exam booklet, so students should take a look when they take digital practice.
  • A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on the exam. However, students will need to bring their own calculator because the digital testing application does not include one.
  • As a reminder, students cannot go back to questions they’ve already answered, and cannot skip ahead.
  • Exam directions and section-specific directions will not be read by a proctor–they’ll appear entirely in the application. Students will see them at the beginning of each section, and can access them at any time during the exam. Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear. While students should read the directions, they should be aware that the timer will be running while they do so. Teachers and students can view the full text of the exam and section directions in advance of the exam.

More information about taking digital exams is available in the Digital Testing Guide.

Digital Exam Readiness Dashboard

Beginning April 22, AP teachers and AP coordinators will have access to a new digital exam readiness dashboard. Teachers and coordinators will access the dashboard from their personalized AP login page (after signing in through AP Central or through myap.collegeboard.org). The dashboard can be used to monitor students’ progress in taking the steps necessary before and on exam day to enable them to take a digital exam. See details in the “Preparing for Digital AP Exams” section of the AP Digital Testing Guide.

Exam Dates

  • Event
    • MON, MAY 3, 2021, 2 PM LOCAL

    AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam—Administration 1

    Paper, In School
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  • Event
    • Tue, May 25, 2021, 8 AM Local

    AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam—Administration 2

    Paper, In School
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  • Event
    • THU, JUN 10, 2021, 12 PM EDT

    AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam—Administration 3

    Digital, In School and At Home
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Exam Format

The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Note on 2021 exams: There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

The digital AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam will include twice as many multiple-choice questions as the paper exam, and will not include free-response questions.

Educators and students will be able to practice multiple-choice questions within the 2021 digital exam app, available in early April.

Early May and Late May Exams (Paper) Early June Exam (Digital)

Section I: Multiple Choice

35 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
 

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which students may be provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.

Section I: Multiple Choice

35 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
 

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which students may be provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.

Section II: Free Response

3 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
 

  • One of the 3 free-response questions will include an experimental or lab-based component.
  • Questions will assess all 7 of the science practices: visual representations, question and method, representing data and phenomena, data analysis, theoretical relationships, mathematical routines, and argumentation.

Section II: Multiple Choice

35 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
 

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which students may be provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.

AP Calculator Policy

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

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

2021: Free-Response Questions
Questions

Free-Response Questions