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Course and Exam Updates

AP Calculus AB and BC have been updated for the 2019-20 school year to make things clearer for you and your students.

Course and exam information is now more clearly presented in an updated course and exam description (CED).

The CED organizes the courses into commonly taught units.

  • This series of 8 units for AP Calculus AB and 10 units for AP Calculus BC represents a sequence that is found in widely adopted college textbooks and that many AP Calculus teachers have told us they follow:
    1. Limits and Continuity
    2. Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties
    3. Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
    4. Contextual Applications of Differentiation
    5. Analytical Applications of Differentiation
    6. Integration and Accumulation of Change
    7. Differential Equations
    8. Applications of Integration
    9. Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions (AP Calculus BC only)
    10. Infinite Sequences and Series (AP Calculus BC only)
  • By organizing the course content and skills into units, we’re able to give you and your students free formative assessments—personal progress checks—that you can assign throughout the year to measure student progress.
  • We want to respect your time and expertise by providing a road map you can modify and adapt to your local priorities and preferences. You can choose to follow this suggestion for how content can be sequenced and paced. As always, you’ll have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

The framework has been updated to make things clearer for you and your students.

  • The mathematical practices have been refined.
  • The big ideas now weave through the framework, creating unifying themes to help students make connections across topics and develop more meaningful understanding.
  • Enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge statements have been clarified and refined.

There are no updates to the structure of the AP Calculus Exams.

  • The weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section aren't changing.
  • The relative weights of different content areas and question types aren't changing, but they're now clearly defined in the CED so that you and your students know what to expect.

Key Dates for AP Calculus AB and BC Teachers

Summer 2019

  • 2019 AP Summer Institutes begin. Updated AP Calculus workshop materials will be available to provide context on the CED, unit guides, and other new resources.
  • 2019 CED binders are available. You can preorder your free copy now using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • August 1: The AP Classroom system resources—including unit guides, personal progress checks, progress dashboard, and question bank—become available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the system and ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP Calculus course in 2019-20, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.*
  • Mid-August: 1-day workshops begin.
  • Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections in the system. If your coordinator chooses not to create class sections, you can create your own.
  • Familiarize yourself with the system and start exploring the resources.
  • As you create your sequencing and pacing calendars, use the Course at a Glance and unit guides in the CED to inform your decisions. These can also help you determine how to fit the personal progress checks into your instruction so you and your students can receive timely instructional feedback.
  • Access the AP question bank to see what questions are available for you to assign to your students for instructional and assessment purposes throughout the year.
  • Before classes start, log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections.*

On the First Day of Class

  • Post the join code for your class section on the board or distribute it to your students. Tell students to log in and join you class section before the next class.*
  • October 4: Preferred deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • Use your progress dashboard to see where students are demonstrating strength and where they have opportunities for further growth.
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline, if applicable, to submit your AP Calculus Course Audit form and have it approved by your administrator for 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.*
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • Use the AP question bank and feedback on the progress dashboard to help students prepare for their AP Exams.
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

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