AP Calculus BC
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 from the Calculus BC 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 policy for the Calculus BC Exam.
You may not take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams within the same year.