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.
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 Overview Modules for AP CalculusTake a guided tour of AP Calculus with a series of video presentations that provide a detailed look at the curriculum framework, the exam, the AP Course Audit process, helpful resources, and more.
AP Calculus BC Course Overview
This two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Calculus BC Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Calculus BC curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments. You can also find valuable information in the AP Calculus AB course planning and pacing guides, as these resources reference content and skills that are also relevant to the AP Calculus BC course.
Robert Arrigo, Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, N.Y.
This course is taught at a large public high school where the teacher focuses on group work and student investigation.
Ruth Dover, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill.
This course is taught at a residential public high school where the teacher focuses on small-group collaboration.
Mark Howell, Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C.
This course is taught at a Jesuit private high school for boys where the teacher uses activities as guided inquiries into core concepts and emphasizes the use of technology.
2016-17 Course and Exam Updates
The AP Calculus BC course and exam were updated in 2016-17.
- The FAQs answer some common questions about the updates.
- Key Changes is a quick overview of what changed. You can also watch this presentation about the changes.
- The updated course emphasizes conceptual understanding through the Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus (MPACs).
- Visit Expert Input to see the AP teachers and college professors who developed the updated course and exam.
- Learn about the validation study where college professors helped finalize the updates.
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.