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AP* Calculus Notes


The current edition of Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam is the 3rd Edition.

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Starting May 2017, multiple-choice questions will have four choices.  There is no penalty for incorrect answers (see below).

The multiple-choice section in both AB and BC exams will have 30 no-calculator questions (for 60 minutes) and 15 calculator questions (for 45 minutes).


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).


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."


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


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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Important documents on AP Central:


2015 AP Calculus worldwide participation and grade distributions:

 AB
BC
Number of Students302,532118,707
566,045     21.8%53,836     45.4%
451,518     17.0%19,431     16.4%
356,148     18.6%21,338     18.0%
231,229     10.3% 6,487     5.5%
197,592     32.3%17,615     14.8%
3 or Higher173,711     57.4%94,605     79.7%

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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