AP Calculus AB
About the Exam
Exam Day 2017
The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response. A graphing calculator is required for parts of the exam (see below). You may not take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams within the same year.
Section I: Multiple Choice | 45 Questions | 1 hour and 45 minutes | 50% of Final Exam Score
- Part A — 30 questions | 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)
- Part B — 15 questions | 45 minutes (graphing calculator required)
Section II: Free-Response | 6 Questions | 1 hour and 30 minutes | 50% of Final Exam Score
- Part A — 2 problems | 30 minutes (graphing calculator required)
- Part B — 4 problems | 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)
Completing Section II: Free-Response Questions
During the second timed portion of the free-response section (Part B), you are permitted to continue work on problems in Part A, but you are not permitted to use a calculator during this time. For more information, see this course’s calculator policy and the list of approved graphing calculators.
As you begin each part of Section II, you may wish to look over the questions before starting to work on them. It is not expected that everyone will be able to complete all parts of all questions.
- Show all of your work, even though a question may not explicitly remind you to do so. Clearly label any functions, graphs, tables, or other objects that you use. Justifications require that you give mathematical reasons, and that you verify the needed conditions under which relevant theorems, properties, definitions, or tests are applied. Your work will be scored on the correctness and completeness of your methods as well as your answers. Answers without supporting work will usually not receive credit.
- Your work must be expressed in standard mathematical notation rather than calculator syntax. For example, may not be written as fnInt(X2, X, 1, 5).
- Unless otherwise specified, answers (numeric or algebraic) need not be simplified. If you use decimal approximations in calculations, your work will be scored on accuracy. Unless otherwise specified, your final answers should be accurate to three places after the decimal point.
- Unless otherwise specified, the domain of a function f is assumed to be the set of all real numbers x for which f(x) is a real number.