AP Calculus AB
About the Exam
Exam Day 2016
The exam is approximately three hours and 15 minutes long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.
Section I: Multiple Choice — 45 questions; 1 hour and 45 minutes
This section tests your proficiency on a wide variety of topics takes you to the AP Calculus Course Details page.
- Part A — 28 questions; 55 minutes (no calculator)
- Part B — 17 questions; 50 minutes (graphing calculator permitted)
Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II: Free Response — 6 questions; 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Part A — 2 problems; 30 minutes (graphing calculator permitted)
- Part B — 4 problems; 1 hour (no calculator)
The free response section tests your ability to solve problems using an extended chain of reasoning. 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 the calculator policyopens in the same window and displays the available calculators for use on the Calculus AB Exam .