The Exam

AP Physics C: Mechanics

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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: Mechanics Course and Exam Description (CED).

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


Exam Date

Tue, May 14, 2024

12 PM Local

AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam

Exam Format

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.


AP Exams Calculator Policy

Make sure you and your students know which calculators are permitted.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

2023: Free-Response Questions



Samples and Commentary

Free-Response Questions - Set 1

Free-Response Questions - Set 2

Scoring Guidelines - Set 1

Scoring Guidelines - Set 2

Past Exam Questions and Scoring Information


AP Physics C: Mechanics Past Exam Questions

View free-response questions from past exams.

Score Reporting