AP Chemistry


This is a directory of the highest quality free resources for your AP Chemistry review. Our focus is on identifying the best advanced placement practice exams that are available online. We provide links and descriptions for each practice test. Also check out our information on AP Chemistry free response, notes, multiple choice questions, cram packets, and AP Chem study guides.

AP Chemistry Practice Exams

Learnerator Chemistry.  Hundreds of high quality AP Chem questions organized around the 6 big ideas from the updated curriculum. Most of their content is free, but you need to subscribe for full access.

1994 Released Exam and 1999 Released Exam.  These are the actual tests from these two years that have been released by the College Board.

Education.com AP Chem Exam 1 and AP Chem Exam 2.  These AP Chemistry full-length practice tests each have 75 multiple choice and with 6 free response questions. Also includes detailed explanations of the correct answers.

Science Geek Interactive Review Activities.  This is a huge collection of practice quizzes including chapter review questions and many tests on many specific topics. This is a great resource.

Adrian Dingles Chemistry Pages.  Tons of AP chemistry multiple choice quizzes, organized by topic. Interactive tests with answers and explanations.

Zumdahl Chemistry Textbook.  This is the student companion site for the 8th edition of the popular Chemistry text by Zumdahl. Great interactive quizzes for each chapter.  Just select the chapter/topic and click on Tutorial Quiz.

Textbook Tests.  The student site for the 10th edition of Chemistry: The Central Science by Brown. Choose your topic from the list of chapters and then you can choose from two different sets of AP Chemistry multiple choice practice problems.

AP Chemistry Free Response

Questions from 1999 to 2013.  Here are all the actual AP Chemistry free response questions from past exams. Includes questions, scoring guidelines, sample responses, and statistics. For sample FRQ’s based on the revised exam to be administered for the first time in May 2014, check out page 137 of the AP Chem Course Description.

Free Response Practice.  Fourteen AP Chem free response questions organized by topic. Answers and detailed explanations are provided.

Free Response Strategies.  Here are 18 great tips and strategies for answering AP Chemistry free response questions.

Keys to Passing.  Fantastic tips for multiple choice and free response questions.

AP Chemistry Notes


NMSI Notes.  This awesome set of AP Chem notes is from the National Math & Science Initiative. Notes are organized by topic, and instructional videos are here as well.

Stephen Akiki’s Notes.  A complete set of AP Chemistry notes. This 45 page PDF covers the entire course. Very thorough and detailed notes!

Chapter Outlines.  These AP Chemistry outlines are from the textbook Chemistry: The Central Science.

Chem Notes. Looking for notes on a particular topic? This site has a large collection of high-quality AP Chemistry notes.

PowerPoint Notes.  Nice collection of PowerPoint notes from ScienceGeek.

Quick Review.  Amazing 15-page cram packet. Definitely check this one out.

Predicting Reactions.  Great overview to prepare for reactions section of AP chem test.

AP Chemistry Study Tools

Chemmybear Study Cards.  An excellent set of study cards that can be printed out on either side of heavy-weight paper. Great information on all topics.

Podcast DVD.  Online podcasts for each unit of the course. A great resource if you miss a few days of class or just need to review important units again.

Highest-Rated AP Chem Study Guides from Amazon

AP Chemistry Crash Course Book + Online. The Crash Course book is completely revised for the 2014 exam. This is a very concise AP Chemistry study guide that focuses on the 6 big ideas which are covered on the revised exam. Also includes a access to a complete online practice test.

About the Exam

The AP Chemistry course was revised beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. Topics covered include atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium. The revised curriculum is now built around 6 big ideas which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes. Laboratory investigations are also a major focus of the course with 25% of the class devoted to lab work, with a minimum of 16 hands-on labs.

The AP Chemistry Exam format is:

Section I: Multiple-Choice Questions (90 minutes, 50% of final grade)
-60 multiple choice questions

Section II: Seven Free-Response Questions (90 minutes, 50% of final grade)
-3 long-answer questions
-4 short-answer questions

Free-Response Skills Assessed:

  1. Experimental design
  2. Quantitative/qualitative translation
  3. Analysis of authentic lab data and observations to identify patterns or explain phenomena
  4. Creating or analyzing atomic and molecular views to explain observations
  5. Following a logical/analytical pathway to solve a problem

A periodic table of the elements is provided as well as a formula and constants chart. These may be used on the entire exam. A scientific calculator may be used for the free-response section only.

When is the AP Chemistry Exam?

The AP Chemistry Exam date for the 2013/2014 school year is Monday, May 5th 2014 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.