Paper, In School
AP Calculus AB Exams will be offered on paper in early May and late May, and as a digital exam in early June. This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Calculus AB Exam.
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Calculus AB Exam will be full length and measure the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description (CED).
The paper exams will follow the typical multiple-choice and free-response format given in the CED. The digital exam will take the same amount of time as the paper exam, but the free-response questions will be adapted to include responses and explanations that can be easily typed with a computer keyboard, and will not require you to type mathematical symbols, to draw, or to create graphs. The digital exam app will include any symbols you would need to type your responses. No handwritten or photographed work will be required or accepted for scoring.
In Section 1 Part A and Section 2 Part B (where calculators aren’t allowed on the paper exam), the digital exam won’t include questions where you could benefit from using calculators.
You will be able to practice answering multiple-choice questions as well as these adapted free-response questions within the 2021 digital exam app, available in early April. The best practice for the digital version of the 2021 AP Calculus AB Exam questions remains the existing multiple-choice and free-response questions. Students who can respond to all parts of the existing free-response questions will be able to provide the short explanations required within the digital versions of the AP Calculus Exams