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Important Updates

Preparing Students for the Exam
 

Starting August 1, students and teachers will have new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, progress checks and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth, and a question bank of real AP questions.

Learn more about the new resources

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.

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. 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.

New Exam Resources

Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You’ll have access to:

  • an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
  • personal progress checks with new formative questions
  • a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights

2019: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions - Set 1

 

Free-Response Questions - Set 2

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Coming Soon: Scoring Guidelines for CED Sample Free-Response Questions

Scoring guidelines for the sample exam questions within the AP Physics C: Mechanics Course and Exam Description will be posted later this summer.