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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available
A 2012 AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam—previously available only through your AP Course Audit account—is now available below. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

  • Event
    • Mon, May 14, 2018

    AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 1 hr 30 mins

Exam Overview

The AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam includes questions posed in a laboratory or experimental setting. Questions assess understanding of content as well as experimental skills. The exam may also include questions that overlap several major topical areas or questions on miscellaneous topics, such as identification of vectors and scalars, vector mathematics, or graphs of functions.

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

AP Calculator Policy

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

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 35 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Individual questions
  • Questions in sets

Section II

Free Response — 3 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Laboratory based
  • Discrete questions

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe 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.

2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines    

Exam Resources