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The AP Chemistry Exam

Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use

A secure 2016 AP Chemistry 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.

Exam Day 2017

Mon, May 1, 8 a.m.

Exam Duration

3 hours, 15 minutes

Exam Overview

The exam assesses students' understanding of the core scientific principles, theories, and processes governing chemical systems. There may be questions on the use of modeling to explain chemistry principles, the use of mathematical processes to explain concepts, making predictions and justifying phenomena, experimental design, and manipulation and interpretation of data.

Students have a periodic table of the elements and a formulas and constants chart to use on the entire exam. In addition, students may use a scientific or graphing calculator on the free-response section.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Chemistry student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Policies

A scientific or graphing calculator is allowed on Section II of the exam. Refer to our calculator policies for more information.


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

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 60 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which students are provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.
  • A calculator is not permitted on Section I.

Section II

Free Response — 7 Questions | 1 Hour, 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • There are three long- and four short-answer questions.
  • The questions assess the following skills: experimental design; quantitative/qualitative translation; analysis of authentic lab data and observations to identify patterns or explain phenomena; creating or analyzing atomic and molecular views to explain observations; and following a logical/analytical pathway to solve a problem.
  • A scientific or graphing calculator is permitted on Section II.


Exam Questions and Scoring Information

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

The Course and Exam Description (.pdf/1.96MB), 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.


The pre-2014 exam questions page. Although these questions do not reflect the redesigned exam, the question types are the same and the topics similar, making them a valuable resource for students and teachers.


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 the 2014 exam onward, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Score Distributions

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