AP Precalculus

Learn all about the course and exam, launching in 2023-24.

About the Exam

Exam Overview 

The AP Precalculus Exam will measure your understanding of the mathematical content included in units 1-3 and your ability to apply different skills in problem solving. These skills include algebraically manipulating functions, equations, and expressions; translating mathematical information between representations; and communicating with precise language and providing rationales for conclusions. A graphing calculator is required for parts of the exam. 

Accessible technology that has the capabilities expected for AP Precalculus is available for students who are blind or visually impaired. This technology should be used during the course, and an accommodation request to use this technology on the AP Exam must be made through the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). 

The first administration of the AP Precalculus Exam will be in May 2024. The 2024 AP Exam schedule will be available later this year. 

Exam Duration

Exam Components

40 Questions | 2hrs | Approximately 63% of Score

  • Part A: 28 questions | 1 hr 20 mins | Calculator not permitted (approximately 44% of score).
  • Part B: 12 questions | 40 mins | Graphing calculator required for some questions (radian mode) (approximately 19% of score).
  • Questions relate to function types from units 1–3, including general functions (non-analytical), polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric and polar functions.
  • Questions include graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations; items in a real-world context; and items involving modeling.

4 Questions | 1hr | Approximately 37% of Score

  • Part A: 2 questions | 30 mins | Graphing calculator required (radian mode) (approximately 19% of score).
  • Part B: 2 questions | 30 mins | Calculator not permitted (approximately 19% of score).
  • The 4 questions are each worth 6 points. 2 questions incorporate a real-world function modeling context.
    • Question 1: Function Concepts (graphing calculator)
    • Question 2: Modeling a Non-Periodic Context (graphing calculator)
    • Question 3: Modeling a Periodic Context (no calculator)
    • Question 4: Symbolic Manipulations (no calculator)

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