How to Prepare for AP Physics 1

Known as one of the most difficult advanced placement tests, AP Physics 1 can be incredibly challenging for most without adept preparation. As the starter AP Physics course and usually the prerequisite for taking AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C (EM and Mechanics), it seems as if most students will have to take it if planning on going on the physics route. Especially if you’re planning on going into STEM, chances are that you will probably have to take this class. With that being said, let’s review the basic material and helpful resources in learning how to prepare for AP Physics 1.


The Basics of AP Physics 1

  1. Kinematics

  2. Dynamics

  3. Circular Motion and Gravitation

  4. Energy

  5. Momentum

  6. Simple Harmonic Motion

  7. Torque and Rotational Motion

AP Physics 1 Curve and Score Distributions

While the curve for every year and the score distributions will change, it is difficult to estimate them each time. With that being said, usually students need to get around a 70% in order to obtain a 5 on the AP. Although this seems easy, just looking at the score distributions below will give a better idea on just how tough this test is, especially compared to other APs. 


Score Distributions (from Collegeboard):

2020

5

4

3

2

1

AP Physics 1

8.8%

17.9%

24.8%

26.5%

21.9%


What Should You Do to Prepare?

As this is a course that should be taught in your high school, initial preparations may not be completely necessary. However, if you want greater knowledge about this course and what the teacher will teach, then you can buy a practice book early on, look at videos on free websites such as Khan Academy, or even take tutoring courses to help you prepare. 

For further information and preparation on AP Physics 1, check out this personalized and specially designed course.


How to Prepare for AP Physics 1
7EDU Impact Academy 20 July, 2021
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