AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. You’ll learn how to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and how to make connections amongst these representations. You will learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

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About the Exam

The exam is three hours and 15 minutes long and has two sections — multiple choice and free response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam score.

Section I: Multiple Choice — 45 questions; 1 hour and 45 minutes

Part A — 30 questions; 60 minutes (no calculator)

Part B — 15 questions; 45 minutes (graphing calculator required)

Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response — 6 questions; 1 hour and 30 minutes

Part A — 2 questions; 30 minutes (graphing calculator required)

Part B — 4 questions; 60 minutes (no calculator)

The free-response section tests your ability to solve problems using an extended chain of reasoning. During the second timed portion of the free-response section (Part B), you are permitted to continue work on questions in Part A, but you aren’t permitted to use a calculator during this time. For more information, and for a list of approved graphing calculators, see the calculator policy.

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