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 AP Chemistry Exam Resources

NOTE: Many of the links on this page are to the official AP web site. You must register and login before accessing these pages. Registration and use is free. Just go to

Bloomington High School South students are given the chance to take the AP Chemistry exam each year in May.  Only those students who have excelled in 2 years of chemistry, and have spent an adequate amount of time studying for the exam over and above the normal AP Chemistry class requirements should consider taking the exam. 

Why take the AP Chemistry exam?

Students who score a 3 or higher on the exam MAY receive college credit from a college or university that accept AP credits.  It is a good idea to check with the university the student plans to attend to see if they will accept AP credits.  Some universities will advise students to take General Chemistry even if they accept the AP score, especially if the student is planning on a chemistry major, to reinforce basic concepts.

What is the cost?

The cost of AP exams is about $85 per exam. In the past, the State of Indiana has paid for the math and science exams so that students are only charged a minimal local fee (about $10).

When is the test?

In 2017, the test is scheduled for the morning of Monday, May 1. (Click here for the dates for all AP subjects' test dates)

How do I see my score?
Login at If you haven't yet created an account, be sure to do so. Scores usually start showing up around the beginning of July.

How should I prepare for the AP Chemistry exam?

First of all, an AP Chemistry study guide is a must.  These are available from many publishers at your local bookstore.  They are usually found in the SAT/ACT prep section.  Follow along in the AP study guide as each unit is presented in class.   Waiting until a few weeks before the exam to start is NOT recommended.

Secondly, this web site provides valuable links to online resources for the exam.   Old AP tests are an excellent study aid. You can find the last several free response portions and a practice multiple choice portion on AP Central, along with scoring guidelines, grader commentary, and sample student responses.

Perhaps the most important thing to review that is not presented in class is the scoring method.  Understanding what the graders are looking for in a free-response answer is critical to passing the exam.  Several helpful links are provided below.

For AP Scoring Calculators, visit

Keys to Passing the AP Exam
How Indiana students Compare to the National Average
Exam Scoring Information
- 1997 to 1999
Exam Scoring Information - 1999 to present
Equation sheet for the Free Response Section - lastest version (2004)
Standard reduction potential table
Calculator policy
Descriptive Chemistry - Colors
2007 Exam Format Changes

Mr. Brian Hedney has some excellent AP Chemistry exam notes.

Mr. Jon Bergmann has made AP Chemistry review podcasts!! (for sale)
(Many are also available online at TeacherTube)

You can also find other AP Chemistry review podcasts on iTunes

For more information about testing dates, scoring, calculator info, and procedures, check out the College Board AP Chemistry web site. (You will need to create an account and login first!)

Another good way to prepare for the AP test is to study with the Chemistry Olympiad tests.  They are very similar to the AP Exam.  Information about the Olympiad and last year's exam can be found here.

Older exams can be found at:

Another great site is:

Many thanks to Dr. Robinson at Purdue University, and John Park at ChemTeam for links and information contained on this web site.


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