AP Calculus AB
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Exam Overview
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.
Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering example questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.
AP Calculus AB students will have two options to answer example questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.
We highly recommend you take the Digital Practice, and strongly advise that if you can’t take the Digital Practice, at least take the App Demo. Both can be taken multiple times, and can be accessed directly in the digital testing application. You can access your answers and solution materials (MCQ answer key, FRQ scoring guidelines) for the Digital Practice. Note: Taking the App Demo after completing Digital Practice may override your answers from Digital Practice.
You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:
Tue, May 4, 2021,
8 AM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Calculus AB Exam.
Mon, May 24, 2021,
8 AM Local
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Calculus AB Exam.
Wed, Jun 9, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Calculus AB Exam.
Note on 2021 Exams
There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Calculus AB only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
The AP Calculus AB digital exam will include:
Free-response questions on the digital exam will be adapted to be answerable entirely on a regular computer keyboard in the digital testing application, which will include a selection of special characters that students may use. FRQs will consist of familiar tasks that could appear on a traditional AP Exam, but may also include some tasks that resemble multiple-choice questions, and/or provide labels for expressions or equations you can refer to in your answers. You will not need to draw diagrams, charts or complicated mathematical expressions. You’ll see examples of these adapted FRQs when you answer example questions in digital practice.
45 questions 1hr 45mins 50% of Score
6 questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score
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2019 AP Calculus AB Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines
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AP Calculus AB Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive
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