About the Exam
The AP Calculus AB Exam will test your understanding of the mathematical concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to determine the proper formulas and procedures to use to solve problems and communicate your work with the correct notations. A graphing calculator is permitted for parts of the exam. Note: You may not take both AP Calculus AB and Calculus BC Exams within the same year.
Section I: Multiple Choice
45 questions 50% of Score
- Part A: Graphing calculator not permitted (33.3% of score)
- Part B: Graphing calculator required for some questions (16.7% of score)
- Questions include algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and general types of functions.
- Questions include analytical, graphical, tabular, and verbal types of representations.
Section II: Free Response
6 questions 50% of Score
- Part A: 2 problems | Graphing calculator required (16.7% of score)
- Part B: 4 problems | Graphing calculator not permitted (33.3% of score)
- Questions include various types of functions and function representations and a roughly equal mix of procedural and conceptual tasks.
- Questions include at least 2 questions that incorporate a real-world context or scenario into the question.
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