Paper, In School
AP Chemistry Exams will be offered on paper in early May and late May, and as a digital exam in early June. This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Chemistry Exam.
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Chemistry Exam will be full length and measure the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description (CED), giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.
The paper exams will follow the typical multiple-choice and free-response format given in the CED. The digital exam will take the same amount of time, but will contain more multiple-choice questions and fewer free-response questions. On the digital exam, you will answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. The digital exam app will include any symbols you would need to type your responses. Students taking digital exams will not be asked to draw or graph as part of your response—rather, these skills may be assessed by asking you to provide explanations about given diagrams or other stimuli, as you already do throughout the AP Chemistry Exam. No handwritten or photographed work will be required or accepted for scoring.
In the multiple-choice section (where calculators aren’t allowed on the paper exam), the digital exam won’t include questions where you can benefit from using calculators.
You will be able to practice answering a representative sample of multiple-choice and free-response questions within the 2021 digital exam app, available in early April. The best practice for the digital version of the 2021 AP Chemistry Exam remains the existing multiple-choice and free-response questions.