AP Chemistry

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About the Exam

Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering at-home testing for the 2020 AP Chemistry Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP Chemistry exam page. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.

The AP Chemistry Exam will test your understanding of the scientific concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to design and describe chemical experiments.

A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended for use on Section 2 of the exam, and you will be provided with a periodic table and a formula sheet that lists specific and relevant formulas for use on the exam. 

Exam Duration
3hrs 15mins

Exam Dates

  • Thu, May 14, 2020,
    2 PM ET

    AP Chemistry Exam

    May 14, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Chemistry Exam.

Exam Components

60 questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score

The multiple-choice section includes individual, single questions as well as sets of questions that refer to the same diagram or data presentation. You’re not allowed to use a calculator on Section 1.

Questions will test your ability to:

  • Explain, analyze, and interpret models and representations of chemical properties or phenomena
  • Design experiments and procedures to test a prediction or theory
  • Solve problems using mathematical relationships
  • Make or justify a scientific claim and support it with evidence and/or reasoning

7 questions 1hr 45mins 50% of Score

The free-response section includes three long essay questions (worth 10 points each) and four short-answer questions (worth 4 points each).

Questions will test your ability to:

  • Explain, analyze, and interpret models and representations of chemical properties or phenomena
  • Design experiments and procedures to test a prediction or theory
  • Represent data and chemical phenomena with graphs and diagrams
  • Solve problems using mathematical relationships
  • Make or justify a scientific claim and support it with evidence and/or reasoning

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