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The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam

Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use

A secure 2016 AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available

A 2012 AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam — previously available only through your AP Course Audit account — is now available on AP Central. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

Exam Day 2017

Mon, May 8, 2 p.m.

Exam Duration

1 hour, 30 minutes

Exam Overview

The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam includes questions posed in a laboratory or experimental setting. Questions assess understanding of content as well as experimental skills. The exam may also include questions that overlap several major topical areas or questions on miscellaneous topics, such as identification of vectors and scalars, vector mathematics, or graphs of functions.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Policies

A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam. Refer to our calculator policies for more information and for the list of approved graphing calculators.


Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 35 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Individual questions
  • Questions in sets

Section II

Free Response — 3 Questions | 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Laboratory based
  • Individual questions


Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course Description (.pdf/3.21MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


A full practice exam on AP Course Audit. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.


An AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam from 2012, previously available only through your AP Course Audit account. Since this exam is now publicly available, you can use the questions without restriction.


The 1998 Released Exam, a valuable resource.


The Past Exam Questions page, which features free-response questions and scoring information for exams given before 2003.


The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe 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.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
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2015: Free-Response Questions
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2014: Free-Response Questions
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2013: Free-Response Questions
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2012: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Free-Response Questions
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2010: Free-Response Questions
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2009: Free-Response Questions
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2008: Free-Response Questions
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2007: Free-Response Questions
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2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

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Student Performance Q & A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

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2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses

Grade Distributions

2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Response Q1

Sample Response Q2

Sample Response Q3

Grade Distributions

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