You’ve survived AP Calculus all year, its been tough but you’ve made it! Only one thing is left, the dreaded exam. Below you will find AP calculus AB exam information, that will help you understand the test, what is included, as well as how to best prepare for the exam.
The AP calculus AB exam is the culmination of a years worth of learning, topics that you will be familiar with after having taken the course and that will be on the exam include: differential and integral calculus, connecting representations, and using correct language, mathematical conventions, and notation to communicate your findings effectively. The exam itself is broken down into two major sections each of which make up 50% of the exam score. multiple choice, and free response. The multiple choice section is made up of 45 questions, for which students will be given 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. The free response section is made up of 6 questions, the allotted time to answer the free response questions is 1 hour and 30 minutes. It should be noted that the multiple choice section is broken down into two smaller parts, part A and part B. A graphing calculator is not allowed on part A, but is allowed on part B. Similarly the free response section is also divided into parts A and B, however for this section the rules are flipped and a graphing calculator is allowed during Part A but not during Part B.
How should students prepare, beyond their normal coursework for the exam? With the AP calculus AB exam information provided by the testing service (College Board) experts, namely testing tutors have a strong knowledge base from which they can prepare students for the exam. One notable tutoring company I saw after completing a quick google search was Star Tutors. Star Tutors offers an AP calculus review class that will prepare students for the rigors of testing day, the class meets for three weeks in the spring, prior to the official College Board AP calculus testing date. The course curriculum includes previously administered free response questions according to the Star Tutors website, as well as a review of the four core topics of calculus: series, integrals, derivatives, and limits.
Now that you have some background info on the AP Calculus AB exam, as well as information on how to prepare to the best of your abilities, the next step is acing the exam!