AP Precalculus Course Framework

The AP Precalculus course framework provides a clear and detailed description of what students should know and be able to do to qualify for college credit or placement. The course framework includes two essential components:

Mathematical Practices

The mathematical practices are central to the study and practice of precalculus. Students should develop and apply the described skills on a regular basis over the span of the course. Each of the three mathematical practices for AP Precalculus have associated skills.

  • Practice 1: Procedural and Symbolic Fluency
  • Practice 2: Multiple Representations
  • Practice 3: Communication and Reasoning

Course Content

The course content is organized into units of study that provide a suggested sequence for the course. 

AP Precalculus Exam Topics (required for college calculus placement) 

  • Unit 1: Polynomial and Rational Functions
  • Unit 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Unit 3: Trigonometric and Polar Functions

Additional Topics Available to Schools (not included on AP Precalculus Exam)

  • Unit 4: Functions Involving Parameters, Vectors, and Matrices

Exam Design

Section

Question Type

Number of Questions

Exam Weighting

Timing

I

Multiple Choice

 

 

 

 

Part A: Graphing calculator not permitted

28

43.75%

80 minutes

 

Part B: Graphing calculator required

12

18.75%

40 minutes

II

Free Response

 

 

 

 

Part A: Graphing calculator required

2

18.75%

 

30 minutes

 

Part B: Graphing calculator not permitted

2

18.75%

 

30 minutes

See the list of approved graphing calculators for the AP Precalculus Exam.

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