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Important Updates

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list, reviewed by Learning List, is available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Calculus BC. 

CED Updated with Free-Response Question Instructions
We have 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 BC Exam page on the AP Students site.

Teaching and Assessing AP Calculus
This online professional development resource features new sample free-response questions, videos of master teachers modeling key instructional strategies for challenging skills and content, and resources to help you implement these strategies in your classroom. Log in or learn more.

Course Overview

AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses and extends the content learned in AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. The AP course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

2016-17 Course and Exam Updates

The AP Calculus BC course and exam were updated in 2016-17.

College Board Store

Find AP Calculus BC publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Calculus BC.