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AP Chemistry 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:
60 Multiple-Choice Questions (90 minutes, 50% of final grade)
7 Free-Response Questions (105 minutes, 50% of final grade)
There are 3 long-answer questions and 4 short-answer questions. The free-response skills assesses are:
- 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
- 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 2018/2019 school year is Thursday, May 9th 2019 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.