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AP Physics B is designed to introduce numerous physical concepts pertinent to mechanical and electrical systems. There is a heavy emphasis on both mathematical and conceptual understanding of these concepts, as most topics will carry forward into future physics courses or practical applications. The material covered in AP Physics B is heavily centered in mechanics, including one- and two-dimensional motion, but it also branches into electrical circuits, electrostatics, optics, and thermodynamic.

A course in AP Physics B generally culminates in the AP Physics B exam. This exam consists of two sections: multiple-choice and free-response. The multiple-choice section consists of 70 questions, most of which are independent. Some questions will be grouped in sets of 2 to 3 and refer to a given diagram or figure, but answers for one question will not need to be recycled in order to answer others. In the free-response section, however, answers often build on one another, and questions have several parts. Given a certain set of data, students may be asked to calculate several variables in a single question in the free response section.

90 minutes are allotted for each section, and the two halves of the test are weighted equally in the score. Test-takers are permitted a scientific or graphing calculator and are provided with a predetermined set of equations. While the equation sheet is extremely valuable on the test, memorizing common equations can become essential in order to save time.

Mechanics concepts compose the majority of the AP Physics B exam, mainly revolving around Newton’s laws and kinematics. Be prepared to perform calculations, but also be prepared to respond to hypothetical scenarios and demonstrate conceptual understanding. Further, work, energy, power, and specific forces (such as buoyancy and friction) will be tested.

The next largest section of the exam consists of electrical concepts, and a basic introduction to magnetism. Students should be extremely familiar with circuits and have a decent understanding of electric and magnetic fields and forces. The final topics of the AP Physics B exam are optics, waves, and quantum theory. Test-takers should have a good understanding of mirrors and lenses, as well as the relationships between wavelength, frequency, and other wave properties. Questions about quantum theory will be largely conceptual, and they will rarely require calculation.

The key difference between the AP Physics B and the AP Physics C exams is the level of mathematical integration. Where AP Physics B may tend to be more conceptual, AP Physics C courses will incorporate mathematical explanations that frequently use calculus to explain physical concepts. Many topics are tested on both exams, but with different levels of comprehension and mathematical interpretation.

You can practice AP Physics B topics using Varsity Tutors’ free AP Physics B Practice Tests! Each AP Physics B Practice Test consists of ten to twelve problems; think of each one as being like a little quiz that you can use to hone your skills. Varsity Tutors’ Practice Tests are presented in two ways: you can either take tests that offer a comprehensive selection of varied problems, or focus solely on problems that test topics that you are working to understand better. Either way you take them, Varsity Tutors’ free AP Physics B Practice Tests can help you to improve your knowledge of AP Physics B material!

Free AP Physics B Practice Tests

Our completely free AP Physics B practice tests are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Take one of our many AP Physics B practice tests for a run-through of commonly asked questions. You will receive incredibly detailed scoring results at the end of your AP Physics B practice test to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Pick one of our AP Physics B practice tests now and begin!

Practice Tests by Concept

Electricity and magnetism practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 49 secs

Electric circuits practice test

Questions: 9
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 8 mins

Calculating circuit power practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 55 secs

Understanding capacitors practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 55 secs

Understanding current practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 54 secs

Understanding resistors and resistance practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 6 secs

Using ohm's law practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Electricity practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 20 secs

Understanding electrostatics practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 17 secs

Using coulomb's law practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 37 secs

Electromagnetism practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 3 secs

Using faraday's law practice test

Questions: 1
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Magnetism practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 25 secs

Calculating magnetic forces practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 6 secs

Fluid and gas mechanics practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 30 secs

Liquids practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Fluid flow practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 51 secs

Understanding bernoulli's equation practice test

Questions: 1
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Newtonian mechanics practice test

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 23 mins

Forces practice test

Questions: 18
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 24 mins

Calculating weight practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 39 secs

Understanding friction practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 20 secs

Understanding gravity and gravitational forces practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Understanding newton's laws practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Understanding the normal force practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 35 secs

Momentum practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Understanding conservation of momentum practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 44 secs

Understanding elastic and inelastic collisions practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 42 secs

Understanding momentum and impulse practice test

Questions: 1
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Motion practice test

Questions: 29
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 14 mins

Circular motion and torque practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

Understanding circular motion practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 48 secs

Understanding linear-rotational equivalents practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 26 secs

Using torque equations practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 42 secs

Harmonic motion practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Using spring equations practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Linear motion practice test

Questions: 22
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 33 mins

Calculating motion in one dimension practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 12 mins

Calculating motion in two dimensions practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 16 mins

Understanding accelerations practice test

Questions: 8
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 11 mins

Understanding vector and scalar quantities practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 47 secs

Work, energy, and power practice test

Questions: 10
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 26 mins

Understanding conservation of energy practice test

Questions: 4
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Understanding kinetic energy practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 45 secs

Understanding power practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 12 secs

Understanding work practice test

Questions: 1
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Thermodynamics and heat practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 38 secs

Understanding heat and temperature practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 22 secs

Waves and optics practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 38 secs

Optics practice test

Questions: 1
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Using the lens equation practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 18 secs

Waves practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 40 secs

Understanding period and amplitude practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 23 secs

Understanding wavelength, frequency, and velocity practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 10 secs

Practice Quizzes

AP Physics B Problem Set 14

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 13 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 10

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 9

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 8

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 45 secs

AP Physics B Problem Set 7

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 6

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 7 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 4

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 14 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 3

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 17 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 2

Questions: 10
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 15 mins

AP Physics B Problem Set 1

Questions: 10
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 8 mins
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