AP Chemistry Exam on May 7, 2012, Monday

On Exam Day

What to Bring

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers for all responses on your multiple-choice answer sheet.
  • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
  • Your six-digit school code. Home-schooled students will be given a code at the time of the exam.
  • A watch.
  • AP-approved calculatorwith the necessary capabilities if you are taking the AP Calculus, Chemistry, Physics or Statistics Exams.
  • A ruler or straightedge only if you’re taking an AP Physics Exam.
  • A government-issued or school-issued photo ID if you do not attend the school where you are taking the exam.
  • Your Social Security number* for identification purposes (optional). If you provide your number, it will appear on your AP score report.
  • If applicable, your SSD Student Accommodation Letter, which verifies that you have been approved for extended time or another testing accommodation.

What Not to Bring

  • Cell phones, digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerry smartphones, Bluetooth-enabled devices, MP3 players, email/messaging devices, or any other electronic or communication devices.
  • Books, compasses, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters,**notes or colored pencils.**
  • Scratch paper; notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets.
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm.
  • Portable listening devices** or portable recording devices (even with headphones) or photographic equipment.
  • Computers.**
  • Clothing with subject-related information.
  • Food or drink.**

* Some colleges and universities use Social Security numbers as student identifiers when assigning AP credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores. While the College Board does not require you to provide your Social Security number, you may want to check with the college or university where you are sending scores to see if they prefer for you to provide a Social Security number on your AP Exam answer sheet.

**Unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam date.

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Topics covered

The exam covers common chemistry topics, including:

The exam

The annual AP Chemistry examination, which was administered on May 2, 2011, is divided into two major sections (multiple-choice questions and free response essays). The two sections are composed of 75 multiple-choice questions and 6 free-response essay prompts that require the authoring of chemical equations, solution of problems, and development of thoughtful essays in response to hypothetical scenarios.

  • Section I, the multiple-choice portion, does not allow the use of a calculator, nor does it provide any additional reference material, other than a periodic table. 90 minutes are allotted for the completion of Section I. Section I covers the breadth of the curriculum.
  • Section II, the free response section, is divided into two sections: Part A, requiring the completion of three problems, and Part B, containing three problems. Part A, lasting 55 minutes, allows the use of calculators, while Part B, lasting 40 minutes, does not. The first problem in Part A concerns equilibrium related to solubility, acids and bases, or pressure/concentration. The first question of Part B is a chemical equation question in which 3 scenarios are presented and the student is required to work all 3 scenarios, authoring a balanced net ionic chemical equation for each scenario and answer questions about the equations and scenarios. If time permits, students may edit their responses from Part A during the time allotted for responding to Part B, though without the use of a calculator. The student must complete all six questions.

While the use of calculators is prohibited during Section I and Section II Part B, a periodic table, a list of selected standard reduction potentials, and two pages of equations and conventions are available for use during the entirety of Section II.

Grade distribution

The grade distributions for 2007[2], 2008[3], 2009[4], 2010[5] and 2011[6] were:







5 15.3% 18.4% 18.0% 17.1% 17.0%
4 18.0% 17.5% 17.9% 18.5% 18.4%
3 23.0% 20.0% 20.2% 19.3% 19.5%
2 18.5% 14.3% 14.2% 12.7% 14.6%
1 25.3% 29.9% 29.8% 32.3% 30.4%
Mean 2.79 2.80 2.80 2.76 2.77
Number of Students 97,136 100,586 104,789 115,077 122,651


  1. ^ AP Chemistry at collegeboard.com
  2. ^ 2007 Score Distributions
  3. ^ 2008 Score Distributions
  4. ^ 2009 Score Distributions
  5. ^ 2010 Score Distributions
  6. ^ 2011 Score Distributions

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