Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information, download the AP Physics C: Mechanics Course and Exam Description (CED).
Encourage your students to visit the AP Physics C: Mechanics student page for exam information.
The AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.
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.
AP Calculator Policy
A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam.
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
2023: Free-Response Questions
Samples and Commentary