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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
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Important documents on AP Central:


2014 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students294,072112,113
572,332     24.6%54,214     48.4%
448,873     16.6%18,481     16.5%
351,950     17.7%18,173     16.2%
231,340     10.7% 5,982     5.3%
189,577     30.5%15,263     13.6%
3 or Higher173,155     58.9%90,868     81.1%


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