AP CALCULUS ABThe Exam

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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP Calculus AB Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

CED Updated with Free-Response Question Instructions
We recently updated pages 45-46 of the Course and Exam Description (CED) (.pdf/3.72MB) to include the instructions students will see on exam day for completing Section II: Free-Response Questions.

Please help make your students aware of these instructions by pointing them to the AP Calculus AB Exam page on the AP Students site.

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available
A 2012 AP Calculus AB Exam—previously available only through your AP Course Audit account—is now available below. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

  • Event
    • Tue, May 15, 2018

    AP Calculus AB Exam Day 2018

    • 8 a.m. | 3 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The AP Calculus AB Exam measures students' understanding of the concepts of calculus, their ability to apply these concepts, and their ability to make connections among graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations of mathematics.

Students need strong foundations in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and elementary functions to be prepared for the exam, though the course focuses on differential and integral calculus.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Calculus AB student page for exam information and exam practice.

Students may not take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC Exams within the same year.

Access online score reports for your students.

AP Calculator Policy

A graphing calculator is permitted for parts of the exam (see Exam Format below).

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice—45 Questions | 1 hour, 45 Minutes | 50% of 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, 30 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: 2 questions; 30 minutes (graphing calculator required)
  • Part B: 4 questions; 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)

Completing Section II: Free-Response Questions

Review the instructions provided to students for completing Section II.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

The Past Exam Questions page has free-response questions and scoring information from the 2016 exam and before. Please note that these resources do not reflect the 2016-17 updates to the course and exam.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Scoring Distributions

Exam Resources