Originally Answered: How difficult is AP Physics C: Mechanics? Is the AP Test very difficult?
Taking Physics C is a good idea especially if you are going to be a physics major. I'm actually taking the class right now, and it's one of the hardest classes at high school! I'm also taking Calc BC at the same time, and compared to physics, calc is a breeze. Physics C actually has very little calculus. Most of it is simple arithmetic. However, knowing how to derive and intergrate might help out a bit. Your knowlege of calc can be very limited, and you will still be able to do ok in the class. I'm sure you won't end up failing the class. Physics is a difficult class in general. Typically, everyone fails the quizzes and the tests, but we have a generous teacher who curves our grades and gives us plenty of extra credit. If you're going to enroll in the class, just be ready to fail the tests. I've made a D and a couple of C's on the quizzes, and I'm still standing. And I just recently failed a test today! =D
I've heard that the AP test is difficult if you're taking Mechanics and E&M. Just mechanics alone isn't bad. I took the Physics B test last year, and I understood only half (or even less than half) of the material, and I still made a 4. I've heard that you only need a 50% on the AP exam to make a 5. There's actually no real way you can study for the AP exam. You can buy a Princeton Review book if those help you. I barely studied because I had other tests going on at the time, and I was drained by the time the test came around.
You'll be fine though! Don't worry! =)