AP Chemistry Course Home Page

An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Chemistry. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.

Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Created by the AP Chemistry Development Committee, the course curriculum is compatible with many Chemistry courses in colleges and universities.

Essential Course Resources

The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.

The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.

The CB Standards for Science Success (.pdf/4.41MB) outlines the prior knowledge and skills necessary for students to be successful in an AP Science course.

The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.

Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Chemistry curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.

AP Chemistry Course Planning and Pacing Guide 1(.pdf/1.52MB)
Scott Balicki, Boston Latin School, MA — This course is taught at a public school in an urban setting where the teacher designs learning experiences outside of class and uses class time to address misconceptions, synthesize knowledge, and develop more nuanced understandings.

AP Chemistry Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2(.pdf/1.68MB)
Jamie Benigna, The Roeper School, MI — This course is taught at an independent school for the gifted where the teacher focuses on inquiry and student-directed discovery of information.

AP Chemistry Course Planning and Pacing Guide 3(.pdf/1.66MB)
Dale Jensen, Syracuse High School, UT — This course is taught at a suburban public school. The teacher addresses mathematical topics that students have difficulty with earlier, allowing more time for their mastery.

AP Chemistry Course Planning and Pacing Guide 4(.pdf/1.81MB)
Armand Amoranto, Oceanside High School, CA — This course is taught at a suburban public high school where the teacher uses direct instruction, modeling techniques for thinking out loud to solve problems, and

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demonstrating proper lab technique for traditional and guided-inquiry labs.

Refer to our calculator policies to make sure you and your students know which calculators are permitted.

AP Course Audit Information

The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements for AP courses. All schools wishing to label a course AP must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has resources to support syllabus development.

Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts

Feedback on your syllabus

Access to secure practice exams

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.

June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.

September–April: One-day workshops are offered.

Search for an upcoming AP Chemistry workshop to register.

Classroom Resources

The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.

The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.

The AP Chemistry Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

College Board Store

Find AP Chemistry publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Chemistry.

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