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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking Online AP Exams for the latest exam information.

New Secure Practice Exams 
The international 2019 AP Physics Exams are now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank, along with scoring guidelines and worksheets. 

You continue to have access to the international 2018 and 2017 secure practice exams on the AP Course Audit site and as individual secure questions in the question bank. 

As a reminder, these exams are most appropriate for student practice late in the school year, as the exam date approaches.

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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 C: Mechanics 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 C: Mechanics student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • Mon, May 4, 2020

    AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam Day 2020

    • Noon | 1 hr 30 mins

Exam Format

The AP Physics C: Mechanics 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.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, however, the skills defined in the CED will be assessed in the same proportions on all versions of the AP Physics C Exams.

Section 1: 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 2: 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.

AP Calculator Policy

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

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.