The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and has two sections: multiple-choice and free-response.

Section I: Multiple Choice | ~60 Questions | 1 hour and 30 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which you are provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.
  • A calculator is not permitted on Section I.

Section II: Free-Response | 7 Questions | 1 hour and 45 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • There are three long- and four short-answer questions
  • The questions assess the following skills: experimental design; quantitative/qualitative translation; analysis of authentic lab data and observations to identify patterns or explain phenomena; creating or analyzing atomic and molecular views to explain observations; and following a logical/analytical pathway to solve a problem.
  • You will be allowed to use a scientific or graphing calculator on the entire free-response section of the exam. (A four-function calculator is allowed but not recommended.) See this course’s calculator policy and the list of approved graphing calculators.
  • Additionally, you will be supplied with a periodic table of the elements and a formula and constants chart to use on both the multiple-choice and free-response sections of the exam.

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