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 9, 2023

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.