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How long is the AP Chemistry exam and what's the format?

I'm a bit stressed about managing my time effectively during the AP Chem exam. Can anyone break down how long the exam is and the different sections I'll have to deal with on test day?

7 months ago

I understand that the AP Chemistry exam can seem daunting, especially when considering time management, but knowing the format can definitely help alleviate some of that stress. The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long in total. It's divided into two main sections: Section I and Section II.

Section I is 90 minutes long and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. You won't have to worry about penalty points for wrong answers, so it's a good strategy to answer every question.

Section II is 105 minutes long and includes 7 free-response questions: 3 long-answer and 4 short-answer questions. This section is designed to test your ability to think and respond critically, and you'll be given a period of time at the beginning to read over the questions before you start answering. For the free-response section, practice pacing yourself by timing how long you spend on each type of question during your study sessions. And remember, the scoring is weighted and designed to reward a solid understanding over speed, so focus on demonstrating your knowledge clearly in the time you have.

Best of luck on exam day!

7 months ago

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