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AP* Calculus Notes


We are now shipping Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam, 2nd Edition (2011).

Starting May 2011, the free-response section in both AB and BC exams will have two calculuator questions (for 30 minutes) and four no-calculator questions (for 60 minutes).

This replaces Figure 1-1 on page 4 in the 2005 edition.


The 2003 and 2008 Released Exams booklets are available at store.collegeboard.com.


New MC questions grading policy.

Starting May 2011, points are no longer deducted for incorrect answers to MC questions.  From the Fall 2010 Course Description:

"Multiple-choice scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly.  Points are not deducted for incorrect answers, and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.  Because points are not deducted for incorrect answers, students are encouraged to answer all multiple-choice questions.  On any questions students do not know the answer to, students should eliminate as many choices as they can, and then select the best answer among the remaining choices."


Cut-off scores for grades (using the new no-penalty-for-wrong-answers MC grading system):

 2003
Max composite score 108
2008
Max composite score 108
  1.2*MC + 1.0*FR 1.2272*MC + 1.0*FR
(#19 not graded)
1.2*MC + 1.0*FR
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569-10867-10868-10869-108
451-6857-6652-6759-68
335-5041-5639-5144-58
223-3431-4027-3836-43
10-220-300-260-35


Important documents on AP Central:


2011 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students255,357 85,194
554,555     21.4% 40,546     47.6%
441,830     16.4% 13,557     15.9%
347,151     18.5% 14,251     16.7%
227,273     10.7% 5,040     5.9%
184,548     33.1% 11,800     13.9%
3 or Higher143,536     56.2% 68,354     80.2%

2010 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students245,867 78,998
552,148     21.2% 39,012     49.4%
440,418     16.4% 12,164     15.4%
344,376     18.0% 14,218     18.0%
227,590     11.2% 4,573     5.8%
181,335     33.1% 9,031     11.4%
3 or Higher136,942     55.7% 65,394     82.8%

2009 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students230,588 72,965
552,921     23.0% 31,554     43.2%
443,140     18.7% 12,807     17.6%
341,204     17.9% 14,041     19.2%
235,843     15.5% 5,408     7.4%
157,480     24.9% 9,155     12.5%
3 or Higher137,265     59.5% 58,402     80.0%

2008 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students222,835 69,103
549,173     22.1% 30,045     43.5%
447,216     21.2% 12,008     17.4%
339,814     17.9% 13,408     19.4%
233,857     15.2% 4,664     6.7%
152,775     23.7% 8,978     13.0%
3 or Higher136,203     61.1% 55,461     80.3%

2007 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students211,693 64,311
544,409     21.0% 27,949     43.5%
439,682     18.7% 11,489     17.9%
340,448     19.1% 12,095     18.8%
232,704     15.4% 4,090     6.4%
154,450     25.7% 8,688     13.5%
3 or Higher124,539     58.8% 51,533     80.1%

2006 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students197,181 58,603
543,925     22.3% 24,561     41.9%
440,353     20.5% 11,524     19.7%
336,627     18.6% 11,537     19.7%
230,486     15.5% 3,756     6.4%
145,790     23.2% 7,225     12.3%
3 or Higher120,905     61.3% 47,622     81.3%

2005 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students185,992 54,410
538,539     20.7% 23,877     43.9%
436,347     19.5% 9,237     17.0%
333,006     17.7% 10,929     20.1%
231,141     16.7% 3,695     6.8%
146,959     25.2% 6,677     12.3%
3 or Higher107,892     58.0% 46,709     85.8%


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