How AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam Is Scored

Grades on the AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam are reported as a number: either 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. The descriptions for each of these five numerical scores are as follows, along with the percentage of test-takers who got each grade.

AP Exam Grade Description Mechanics
5 Extremely well qualified 30.2%
4 Well qualified 27.3%
3 Qualified 19.7%
2 Possible qualified 12.7%
1 No recommendation 10.0%

Colleges are generally looking for a 4 or 5, but some may grant credit for a 3. How well do you have to do to earn such a grade? Each test is curved, and specific cut-offs for each grade vary a little from year to year, but here’s a rough idea of how many points you must earn—as a percentage of the maximum possible raw score—to achieve each of the grades 2 through 5:

AP Exam Grade Percentage Needed
5 ≥ 75%
4 ≥ 60%
3 ≥ 45%
2 ≥ 35%

The percentages needed are usually a little lower for the E & M section of Physics C.

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