AP Physics B Test Strategy
This is a suggested strategy, not an edict
Step 1: RACE through all 70 questions. Find the ones you can answer right away with little to no thought necessary. Don’t panic if there are very few of these, the point is you want to make sure to get these down. (be sure to mark in the test that you have answered these as you go)
Step 2: Go back to the beginning and begin answering those questions for which you are comfortable with the topics. That is, those questions that while you may not be sure; you could probably work it out. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SKIP QUESTIONS YOU THINK WILL TAKE TOO MUCH TIME OR TROUBLE! You do not have to answer all 70 to get a good score.
Step 3: Now return to the beginning and look at the unanswered questions. Ask yourself “Is it worth the time to try and work this question out?” By now your time may be running low so only attempt those you believe may not waste too much time for you. Also see “guessing” below.
Guessing: You lose ¼ point for each wrong answer. Each question has 5 choices so if you can eliminate one choice, you’re pretty much even. The scores are rounded up as well, so if you guess on one, you might as well guess on two since a score ending in 0.5 gets rounded up. If you can eliminate two or more (which is more probable) then it is in your favor to guess.
How to Eliminate Choices:
MOST IMPORTANT!!! LEAVE NO SPACE BLANK!! YOU GET POINTS FOR WHAT IS THERE, YOU DO NOT LOSE POINTS FOR INCORRECT ANSWERS OR WHAT IS NOT THERE! BLANK SPACES GET YOU NO POINTS, WRITING SOMETHING THAT MAY BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
Even if you have NO clue, determine what topic you are in (magnetism, modern physics, etc.) and pick one of the equations from that and write it down. Chances are you will be able to plug numbers in and get an answer.
For problems with no numbers (“in terms of…”)
ABOVE ALL, WRITE CLEARLY & LEGIBLY!! It is well known the graders like neatness!!
Those of you with poor organization and/or handwriting had BETTER stay focused on this during the exam! It could make or break your score!