AP Physics C


Welcome to our comprehensive AP Physics C practice test directory. This page covers Mechanics & Electricity and Magnetism. We have links to the best sites that will help you ace your physics C exam.  Whether you are looking for help with AP Physics C free response, multiple choice, physics notes, or study guides, we have all the best free information right here.

AP Physics C Practice Exams

Mechanics Released Exam and Electricity & Magnetism Released Exam.  These are the actual AP tests from 1998.

Mechanics Practice Exam and Electricity & Magnetism Practice Exam.  Full-length AP Physics C practice tests from Education.com with answers and great explanations.

Fall Final Review.  Here’s a 57 question AP Physics C multiple choice test with answers from Planet Holloway. This site also has some good chapter tests.

Fishbane Text.  Student companion site for the 3rd Edition of Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Fishbane. Pick your chapter and then click “Practice Questions” for multiple choice or “Practice Problems” for fill-in-the-blank questions.

Practice Problems.  An excellent collection of AP Physics C practice problems from Education.com. Includes detailed explanations for each answer.

AP Physics C Free-Response

Mechanics Previous Questions and E&M Previous Questions.  The College Board has published all the AP Physics C free response questions from 1999 to 2013. Includes questions, scoring guidelines, sample responses, and score distributions.

FRQ Tips.  Be sure to read this article from Education.com for some excellent strategies for answering your AP Physics C free response questions.

Exam Prep Guide.  This guide from Dolores Gende is full of tip and strategies, and has some great advice for the free response section.

Video Tips.  Eight free response tips from Flipping Physics.

AP Physics C Notes

Complete Notes.  An awesome set of AP Physics C notes covering Vectors, Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Work & Energy, Momentum, Gravity, Torque, Oscillations – Springs, Fluids, and Electricity – Static.

PDF Notes.  These PDF notes are amazing!  All Physics C topics are covered in detail.

PowerPoint Notes.  Nice set of PowerPoint notes covering 30 topics.

Mech Notes and E&M Notes.  More high-quality AP Physics C Notes.

Electricity & Magnetism Lecture Notes.  Notes for your E&M class.

Mechanics Review.  A great cram packet review of mechanics for your final exam prep.

Equations for E&M and Mechanics. Equation review sheets.

Highest-Rated AP Physics C Study Guides from Amazon

Cracking the AP Physics C Exam, 2014 Edition. This Princeton Review AP Physics C study guide has great overviews of all the key topics, test-taking strategies, and 2 full practice exams.

AP Advantage: Physics C. This book by Dr. Mooney is another great option, and even has a 5-star rating at Amazon. Thorough review of all material plus 2 complete practice exams. It’s pricey, but you can often find a used copy at a reasonable cost.

AP Physics C Video Review


Mechanics Review Part 1 and Part 2.  Two great YouTube videos from Flipping Physics that review all the major topics from Physics C Mechanics.

Electricity & Magnetism Review Part 1 and Part 2.  Flipping Physics video review for Electricity and Magnetism.

Learn AP Physics.  A huge library of video lessons covering all the topics in Physics C.

Viren’s Videos.  Physics C help videos that cover every topic in detail.

About the Exams

Each of the AP Physics C courses equates to 1 semester of college level work.  If both courses are being taught, then Mechanics is usually first. Each class must have a hands-on laboratory component, with at least 20% of instructional time spent in the lab.  Students are expected to complete lab reports and keep a lab notebook. The Mechanics course covers 6 content areas and the Electricity and Magnetism course covers 5 content areas.

Mechanics Content Areas:
1.) Kinematics
2.) Newton’s laws of motion
3.) Work, energy & power
4.) Systems of particles & linear momentum
5.) Circular motion & rotation
6.) Oscillations & gravitation

Electricity and Magnetism Content Areas:
1.) Electrostatics
2.) Conductors & dielectrics
3.) Electric circuits
4.) Magnetic fields
5.) Electromagnetism

Exam Format:
Each of the Physics C exams are 90 minutes long. This time is split equally between the multiple choice free response. Each test has 35 multiple choice questions and 3 free response questions.

The free response section includes a table of information and a table of frequently used equations. Students are expected to show their work on the FRQ’s and partial credit is awarded for partial solutions. Not showing work can result in a loss of credit, even if the answer is correct. Crossed-out work is not evaluated.

When is the AP Physics C Exam?

The AP Physics C: Mechanics exam date for the 2013/2014 school year is Monday, May 12th 2014 at 12 p.m.

The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam date is Monday, May 12th 2014 at 2 p.m. These tests are offered once per year.