The AP Physics B Exam

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AP Physics 1 and 2 Have Replaced AP Physics B

AP Physics B has been replaced by AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. The AP Physics B exam was last administered in May 2014. The AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 course pages have information about the courses, as well as resources for teachers and school and district administrators.

Exam Information (1999 to 2014)

The AP Physics B Exam covered a full-year non-calculus college course on general physics, intended for students not majoring in a physical science or engineering. The Physics B free response questions, sample student responses, and scoring commentary are resources that can be used by those teaching AP Physics 1 and Physics 2. Use the curriculum framework to determine the specific concepts for each individual course.

Previously Released Materials

Multiple-Choice Questions (1999 to 2014)

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

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Free-Response Questions (1999 to 2014)

Below are free-response questions from past AP Physics B Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Report for past administrations.

Note about "Form B" Exams
Prior to the May 2012 exam administration, for selected AP subjects, another version of the exam called "Form B" was administered outside of North, Central, and South America.

 
2005: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses  
2001: Free-Response Questions
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Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines
 
2000: Free-Response Questions
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1999: Free-Response Questions
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Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines