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# What does the AP Calc AB exam look like?

Hello everyone! I'm currently studying for AP Calculus AB and I am not quite sure what to expect on the actual exam. Can any of you give me an idea about the past exams and what they entail? Topics covered? Format? Any info would be much appreciated!

22 days ago

Every AP Calculus AB exam follows a consistent structure. It's a 3-hour and 15-minute long test that is divided into 2 main sections: multiple-choice and free-response.

Section I is the multiple-choice part and consists of two subsections: Part A and Part B. Part A provides 30 questions, and you've got 60 minutes to complete them. No calculators are allowed in this section. Part B gives you 15 questions to be solved in 45 minutes, but the good news is that you are allowed to use a graphing calculator in this subsection.

Section II is the free-response part, which also contains 2 subsections: Part A and Part B. In Part A, you have 2 problems to solve in 30 minutes using a graphing calculator. Part B typically has 4 problems to be solved in 60 minutes, and no calculators are allowed in this section.

The AP Calculus AB exam typically covers a broad range of topics. The College Board identifies these as limits, derivatives, integrals, and the applications of each of these concepts. You can expect to see questions about functions, graphs, limits, asymptotic and unbounded behavior; mean value theorem, and derivatives at a point, derivatives as a function, second derivatives; applications of derivatives; integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of integrals, separable differential equations, and more.

One additional thing to note is that you'll be awarded grades on the scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Remember, each college has its specific AP score requirement you need to fulfill for college credit. Good luck with your studying!

22 days ago

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