AP Calculus Updates: Validation Study

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In the spring of 2014, Harris Interactive® helped AP conduct a study of 27 representative AP score-receiving colleges and universities. The goal was to finalize the updated AP Calculus courses and exams and to confirm that:

  • The updated courses and exams align with the expectations of postsecondary institutions as to the content and skills students should learn in AP Calculus to be successful in the subsequent college courses.
  • The depth and breadth of the updated course content are appropriate for the equivalent introductory college-level course(s).

After reviewing the updated courses and exams, the majority of participants:

  • Agreed that the learning objectives of the updated courses were very or somewhat similar to those in their introductory calculus courses.
  • Indicated that, in light of the course and exam updates, they would recommend that their departments grant credit to students who succeed on the AP Calculus Exams.

Qualified study participants were department chairs and/or faculty members who have taught introductory-level calculus during the past three years or who have an influence on the department's AP credit and placement policy. The following institutions were represented:

To learn more about the role of college faculty in course and exam development, visit the AP higher education website. For information about specific institutions' credit policies for AP Calculus and other subjects, visit AP Credit Policy Search.