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# ap calculus ab exam breakdown

Hey everyone, I'm preparing for the AP Calculus AB exam and I'd like to know how it's structured. What's the proportion of multiple-choice and free-response questions, and are there any specific content areas I should focus more on?

5 months ago

Hello! The AP Calculus AB exam is divided into two main sections: multiple-choice and free-response questions.

1. Multiple-Choice Section:

- This section consists of 45 questions, which you'll have 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete.

- The questions are divided into two subsections:

a. Part A: 30 questions without a calculator (60 minutes)

b. Part B: 15 questions with a calculator (45 minutes)

- The multiple-choice section accounts for 50% of your total exam score.

2. Free-Response Section:

- This section consists of 6 questions, which you're given 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

- The questions are divided into two subsections:

a. Part A: 2 problems with a calculator (30 minutes)

b. Part B: 4 problems without a calculator (60 minutes)

- The free-response section also makes up 50% of your total exam score.

In terms of content areas, the AP Calculus AB exam focuses on the following:

1. Limits and Continuity (10-12% of exam)

2. Definite Integrals (17-20%)

3. Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties (10-12%)

4. Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions (10-12%)

5. Contextual Applications of Differentiation (10-15%)

6. Analytical Applications of Differentiation (15-18%)

7. Integration and Accumulation of Change (17-20%)

While it's essential to study all of these topics, you may want to focus more on definite integrals, analytical applications of differentiation, and integration and accumulation of change, as they tend to make up a larger proportion of the exam content. Regardless, having a well-rounded understand of all key concepts will set you up for success on the exam. Good luck!

5 months ago