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Frequently asked questions

Is AP Calculus hard?
AP Calculus AB and BC are considered challenging, so it is best if you have a solid math background before taking these courses and exams.

What is the difference between AB and BC Calculus? Which is harder?
All of the concepts covered on the AP Calculus AB exam are on the AP Calculus BC exam, too. In addition, the AP Calculus BC exam covers series.

How long is the AP Calculus AB exam?
The AP Calculus AB exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. Section I counts for 50% of the total score and lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes:
 Section I, Part A: 30 multiplechoice questions, 60 minutes, calculator not permitted
 Section I, Part B: 15 multiplechoice questions, 45 minutes, graphing calculator required
Section II counts for 50% of the total score and is for 1 hour and 30 minutes long:
 Section II, Part A: 2 freeresponse questions, 30 minutes, graphing calculator required
 Section II, Part B: 4 freeresponse questions, 60 minutes, calculator not permitted

How long is the AP Calculus BC exam?
The AP Calculus BC exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. Section I counts for 50% of the total score and lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes:
 Section I, Part A: 30 multiplechoice questions, 60 minutes, calculator not permitted
 Section I, Part B: 15 multiplechoice questions, 45 minutes, graphing calculator required
Section II counts for 50% of the total score and is for 1 hour and 30 minutes long:
 Section II, Part A: 2 freeresponse questions, 30 minutes, graphing calculator required
 Section II, Part B: 4 freeresponse questions, 60 minutes, calculator not permitted

What is AP Calculus?
AP Calculus AB is organized around limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. AP Calculus BC includes series as well as limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Is there additional practice for the Rapid Review Live class?
The AP Calculus AB & BC Rapid Review Live session features content and practice questions drawn from AP Calculus AB & BC Prep Plus 20192020: 6 Practice Tests + Study Plans + Targeted Review & Practice + Online, available to buy from Barnes & Noble here. You don't need the book for the class.
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