AP^{*} Calculus Notes
The current edition of Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam
is the 3rd Edition.
Starting May 2017, multiplechoice questions will have four choices.
There is no penalty for incorrect answers (see below).
The multiplechoice section in both AB and BC exams
will have 30 nocalculator questions (for 60 minutes)
and 15 calculator questions (for 45 minutes).
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).
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."
The 2003 and
2008 Released Exams booklets are available at
store.collegeboard.com.
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:
2015 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  302,532  118,707 
5  66,045 21.8%  53,836 45.4% 
4  51,518 17.0%  19,431 16.4% 
3  56,148 18.6%  21,338 18.0% 
2  31,229 10.3%  6,487 5.5% 
1  97,592 32.3%  17,615 14.8% 
3 or Higher  173,711 57.4%  94,605 79.7% 
2014 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:
 AB

BC 
Number of Students  294,072  112,113 
5  72,332 24.6%  54,214 48.4% 
4  48,873 16.6%  18,481 16.5% 
3  51,950 17.7%  18,173 16.2% 
2  31,340 10.7%  5,982 5.3% 
1  89,577 30.5%  15,263 13.6% 
3 or Higher  173,155 58.9%  90,868 81.1% 
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