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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 freeresponse section in both AB and BC exams
will have two calculuator questions (for 30 minutes)
and four nocalculator questions (for 60 minutes).
This replaces Figure 11 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:
"Multiplechoice 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 multiplechoice 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."
Cutoff scores for grades (using the new nopenaltyforwronganswers 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 
 AB  BC  AB  BC 
5  69108  67108  68108  69108 
4  5168  5766  5267  5968 
3  3550  4156  3951  4458 
2  2334  3140  2738  3643 
1  022  030  026  035 
Important documents on
AP Central:
2011 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  255,357 
85,194 
5  54,555 21.4% 
40,546 47.6% 
4  41,830 16.4% 
13,557 15.9% 
3  47,151 18.5% 
14,251 16.7% 
2  27,273 10.7% 
5,040 5.9% 
1  84,548 33.1% 
11,800 13.9% 
3 or Higher  143,536 56.2% 
68,354 80.2% 
2010 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  245,867 
78,998 
5  52,148 21.2% 
39,012 49.4% 
4  40,418 16.4% 
12,164 15.4% 
3  44,376 18.0% 
14,218 18.0% 
2  27,590 11.2% 
4,573 5.8% 
1  81,335 33.1% 
9,031 11.4% 
3 or Higher  136,942 55.7% 
65,394 82.8% 
2009 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  230,588 
72,965 
5  52,921 23.0% 
31,554 43.2% 
4  43,140 18.7% 
12,807 17.6% 
3  41,204 17.9% 
14,041 19.2% 
2  35,843 15.5% 
5,408 7.4% 
1  57,480 24.9% 
9,155 12.5% 
3 or Higher  137,265 59.5% 
58,402 80.0% 
2008 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  222,835 
69,103 
5  49,173 22.1% 
30,045 43.5% 
4  47,216 21.2% 
12,008 17.4% 
3  39,814 17.9% 
13,408 19.4% 
2  33,857 15.2% 
4,664 6.7% 
1  52,775 23.7% 
8,978 13.0% 
3 or Higher  136,203 61.1% 
55,461 80.3% 
2007 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  211,693 
64,311 
5  44,409 21.0% 
27,949 43.5% 
4  39,682 18.7% 
11,489 17.9% 
3  40,448 19.1% 
12,095 18.8% 
2  32,704 15.4% 
4,090 6.4% 
1  54,450 25.7% 
8,688 13.5% 
3 or Higher  124,539 58.8% 
51,533 80.1% 
2006 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  197,181 
58,603 
5  43,925 22.3% 
24,561 41.9% 
4  40,353 20.5% 
11,524 19.7% 
3  36,627 18.6% 
11,537 19.7% 
2  30,486 15.5% 
3,756 6.4% 
1  45,790 23.2% 
7,225 12.3% 
3 or Higher  120,905 61.3% 
47,622 81.3% 
2005 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  185,992 
54,410 
5  38,539 20.7% 
23,877 43.9% 
4  36,347 19.5% 
9,237 17.0% 
3  33,006 17.7% 
10,929 20.1% 
2  31,141 16.7% 
3,695 6.8% 
1  46,959 25.2% 
6,677 12.3% 
3 or Higher  107,892 58.0% 
46,709 85.8% 
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