AP® Calculus AB
Frequently asked questions
What’s happening to AP exams this year?
As most schools are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, CollegeBoard has announced AP exams will be administered at home. This year’s tests will be free-response only, 45 minutes long, and taken online on any device. CollegeBoard will also accept photographs of written work.
What about multiple choice questions?
There will be no multiple choice questions on the 2020 AP Calculus exam. We know many students have been anticipating and studying for MCQs, and the switch to free-response questions is daunting. The good news is that you can apply all of that knowledge to the FRQs. During review sessions, we’ll teach you step-by-step methods for tackling the FRQs you’ll see on the exam.
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?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 the AP Calculus exam will be a 45-minute online test taken at home.
Traditionally, 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 multiple-choice questions, 60 minutes, calculator not permitted
- Section I, Part B: 15 multiple-choice 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 free-response questions, 30 minutes, graphing calculator required
- Section II, Part B: 4 free-response 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.
Are this year's AP exams open book?
Yes. The 2020 AP exams will be completely open book and open note. This may seem surprising, but it ensures a level playing field since tests will be taken at home.
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