AP CALCULUS BCThe Exam

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Important Updates

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 BC Exam page on the AP Students site.

New Secure Exams for Classroom Use
Available on the AP Course Audit website:

  • A full AP Calculus BC practice exam reflecting the 2016-17 updates, along with student responses and scoring commentaries.
  • An AP Calculus BC Exam administered in May 2016.

To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click Secure Documents in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

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

  • Event
    • Tue, May 15, 2018

    AP Calculus BC Exam Day 2018

    • 8 a.m. | 3 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The AP Calculus BC 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.

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

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

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.

Please note that a A Calculus AB sub-score is reported based on performance on the portion of the Calculus BC Exam devoted to Calculus AB topics.

The Past Exam Questions page has free-response questions and scoring information from the 2016 exam and before. Please note that this page does not represent the updated course and exam.

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. 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    

Exam Resources