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08 September 2014

Where do I get AP Physics 1 multiple choice test questions? The Big Amazing Resource.

Testing isn't as simple as it used to be.  Over AP Physics B's 40+ years of existence, enough authentic multiple choice questions had been released to satisfy even the most prolific tester.  However, now that we've moved into the AP Physics 1 era, a lot of those questions are useless; even those that are in the spirit of the new exam need to be rephrased, especially to bring them down to four rather than five choices, and to minimize but not eliminate the questions that require calculation.

Of course, you can go to the College Board's official AP Physics 1 page via AP Central.  There you'll find some sample questions in a file conveniently marked "sample questions."  You can get more in the official "course and exam description.  Finally, if you've ever completed a course audit for AP Physics B or AP Physics 1, you'll be able to download the released practice exam.  Go to your account, go to "add a course," add AP Physics 1, and download the exam.

The 5 Steps to a 5: AP Physics 1 book includes a full practice exam, as well as some good questions at the end of the content chapters.  Or, try looking at the supplements to the Serway textbook's 10th edition; they've hired some seriously connected people to write sample questions for them.  And those of you who have attended my summer institutes or this past summer's open lab have a CD of materials.  Look in the "honors physics" folder, and then look at the quizzes.  Many of those daily quiz questions can be used either verbatim or with minimal revision.  

But the Big Amazing Resource for AP Physics 1 and 2 is the newest version of Matt Sckalor's AP Physics workbooks. About half a decade ago, Matt compiled every released AP Physics B multiple choice question into a single workbook, organized by topic.  Over the summer, a number of AP Physics consultants -- that is, people with intimate knowledge of the new courses -- rewrote these questions so that they meet the spirit of the new Physics 1 and 2 exams.  Now, this new and improved workbook is still not vetted by the committee.  It ain't perfect.  But it is a treasure trove for those who need to make some close-to-authentic tests.

How do I access this Amazing Resource?  The only way is to go through "Pretty Good Physics -- Secure."  Most of this blog's readers already have an account there.  If you don't, you should -- follow the link, and follow the instructions to sign up.  The process is simple but may take a few days, because it is critical that the site administrators verify that all members are honest-to-Bob physics teachers.  

Then, get into the site and search for "workbook."  Out will pop the new workbooks, all ready for you to copy and paste into your tests.

Do you know of another good resource?  Let us know in the comments.

7 comments:

  1. Greg,

    I've joined the PGP site, but I can't find these Amazing multiple choice questions. I did a search for workbooks and the new workbooks did not appear.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    -Michael

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  2. Try searching on "workbook" singular. That's what found it for me... Anyone else have advice?

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    1. Greg,
      I checked the PGP site and it looks like it is for school teachers. I am a parent and need material to help my son with the upcoming AP Physics 1 and 2 exam in May. Any help , any resources and books, websites???? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!!!

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    2. I tried as well and could not find it. :(

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  3. I am a parent and looking for material to help my son with the upcoming AP Physics 1 and 2 exam in May. I checked the PGP site and it looks like it is for school teachers. Any help???????

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    1. You may find many useful resources at apphysicsresources.com

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  4. Rakshinda, you're correct that PGP is just for teachers. The College Board wants to keep these questions secure so that teachers can use them for in-class instruction. Two suggestions: (1) Get the 5 Steps to a 5: AP Physics 1 book. It has good sample questions. (2) Have your son talk to his teacher. His teacher can access the PGP site; then his teacher can administer these questions in class as part of a test, quiz, or in-class exercise. That will give your son the practice he wants. You never know... it's quite likely that his teacher has already used these questions, or intends to use them in short order!

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