Overveiw of exam*

  description % total points time (minutes)
Multiple - choice      
  60 questions
50
90
       
Free-response  
50
105
  Q1, Q 2, & Q3 calculation problem**
[10 each = 30]
 
  Q4 - Q7  essay **
[5 each = 20]
 

*format for 2014+ exams; (i.e. if you have an ap chem study guide prior to 20174, their exam format description is out-of-date).

may use a calculator only for free-response. you will have a periodic table thru-out the entire exam.

**lab related question will be either "calculator use" or "essay"; not both formats. one of the problems involves equilibrium.

 

AP Chem scores***

national score distribution (% student population)

score / year 2014 2002 1999
5 10.1
14.8
17.2
4 16.6
18
14.7
3 25.7
24.4
25.3
2 25.8
18.3
22
1 21.8
24.5
20.5

score cut-off

score / year 2014 2002 1999
5 72 - 100
107-160 (67%)
100-160 (63%)
4 58 - 71
85-106 (53%)
82-99 (51%)
3 42 - 57
61-84 (38%)
57-81 (36%)
2 27 - 41
42-60 (26%)
35-56 (22%)
1 0 - 26
0-41
0-34

***cut-off score & % grade distributioin varies each year, where expect the cut-off scores for exams 2011+ to be raised, since there would be no "guessing penalty" in these exams (i.e. there was such a penalty in prior exams).

 

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