AP Physics 1 & 2


Our AP Physics 1 & 2 practice test directory has links to the best online resources and notes that will help with your AP Physics review. Below you will find the best physics practice exams along with a detailed description of each one. Whether you’re looking for help with AP Physics B free response, multiple choice questions, study guides, or notes, you will find it all right here.

AP Physics 1 & 2 Practice Exams

Learnerator Quiz.  There’s a huge collection of challenging questions at Learnerator which are completely updated to reflect the new AP Physics 1 & 2 curriculum. Most questions are free, but you need to subscribe for full access.

New Multiple Choice.  The new course description from the College Board includes 25 AP Physics 1 & 2 multiple choice practice questions. Reviewing this is the best way to see what the new questions will be like. Physics 1 questions start on page 153 and Physics 2 questions start on page 187.

McGraw Hill Physics 1 and Physics 2.  A great selection of AP Physics multiple choice questions. Each time you take one of these practice tests, a batch of 25 questions is pulled from their test bank. Answers and explanations are provided when you are finished.

1998 Released Exam.  This is the actual AP Physics B exam from 1998 that was released by the College Board. Lots of great questions to review and it will give you a feel for format and style of the exam.

Giancoli Textbook Questions.  Hundreds of AP Physics B multiple choice. The companion website for the 6th edition of Physics: Principles with Applications by Giancoli. Select a chapter and then click on “practice questions” to get the chapter quiz.

Physics 8th Edition, 7th Edition, & 6th Edition.  Student companion site for Physics by Cutnell and Johnson. Plenty of good resources here for each chapter. The 6th and 7th sites have self-assessment tests with some good multiple choice practice questions.

Chapter Quizzes.  Student resources for Physics: Algebra/Trig (3rd Edition) by Eugene Hecht. There’s a tutorial quiz and a final exam for each of the 31 chapters.

Practice Problems.  An excellent series of practice problems from Education.com, organized by topic. Questions for each section are on page 1 and the answers with explanations are on page 2.

AP Physics 1 & 2 Notes

Mr. B’s Physics Planet.  These AP Physics notes are without a doubt the best ones available online. A complete set of PDF notes that summarize each topic very clearly!

AP Physics B Review.  This review sheet packs an incredible amount of information into 18 pages. Includes key concepts formulas, and diagrams.

Cram Packet.  This AP Physics cram packet was written for Physics B, but can still be a useful study tool for Physics 1 & 2.

AP Physics 1 & 2 Free Response

New Questions.  The College Board has provided 3 sample questions for each of the new AP Physics 1 & 2 free response sections. Physics 1 questions start on page 185 and the Physics 2 questions start on page 209.

Previous Questions.  Here are all the AP Physics B free response questions from 1999 to 2014. Scoring guidelines are here as well.

Preparing for the Exam.  This is an awesome strategy guide from Dolores Gende that gives tips for answering the multiple choice questions as well as the free response. Also available as a slideshare presentation.

Video Tips.  This video from Flipping Physics covers 8 general suggestions for AP Physics free response questions. Some great strategies in a goofy video.

AP Physics 1 & 2 Videos

Learn AP Physics.  A huge collection of videos from Learn AP Physics that cover all the topics from AP Physics 1 & 2.

APlus Physics. These videos from Dan Fullerton are another great way to review specific topics in the AP Physics 1 & 2 curriculum.

Highest-Rated AP Physics Study Guides from Amazon

5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics 1 Algebra-based, 2015 Edition. This 5 Steps to a 5 book is the first AP Physics 1 study guide to be released, and it is getting excellent reviews. Includes a comprehensive review of the all the major topics along with a complete AP Physics 1 practice test.

Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam, 2015 Edition. This study guide from the Princeton Review will be released in January. Their books have always been the highest-rated physics study guides, so this one will probably be great. Includes 2 full-length practice tests!

Barron’s AP Physics 1 and 2. If you’re looking for a study guide that covers AP Physics 1 and 2, then go with this book from Barron’s. It will be out in February.

About the Exam


Topics in Advanced Placement Physics B are in both classical and modern physics, and cover five content areas. Students need to be familiar with algebra as well as basic trigonometry. Calculus is not a prerequisite, but some basic calculus may be introduced in connection with certain topics.

Content Areas:
1.) Newtonian Mechanics
2.) Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Physics
3.) Electricity & Magnetism
4.) Waves & Optics
5.) Atomic & Nuclear Physics

The AP Physics B Exam format is:
Multiple-Choice Questions (90 minutes)
-70 multiple choice questions
Free-Response Questions (90 minutes)
-6 or 7 free response essay questions

The scoring of the exam is weighted equally between the multiple choice section and the free response section. Calculators are not permitted on the multiple choice section, but they are allowed on the free response section. Tables with common physics equations are also provided, and these can only be used on the free response section as well. Students are expected to show their work on all FRQ’s and partial credit is awarded for partial solutions. Failure to show work may result in a loss of credit even if the answer is correct.

When are the AP Physics 1 & 2 Exams?

The AP Physics 1 exam date for the 2014/2015 school year is Wednesday, May 6th 2015 at 12 p.m.

The AP Physics 2 exam date for the 2014/2015 school year is Thursday, May 7th 2015 at 12 p.m. These tests are only given once per year.