Course Audit

AP Precalculus

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AP Course Audit

Find resources below to help you complete the AP Course Audit. For more information on the authorization process, please see About AP Course Audit.

Getting to Know the AP Precalculus Course

AP Precalculus Course and Exam Description

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the course and exam.

AP Precalculus Course and Exam Description

Curricular and Resource Requirements

Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Precalculus curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level calculus textbook, in print or electronic format.
  • The course is structured to incorporate the big ideas and required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description. The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills related to:
    • Mathematical Practice 1: Procedural and Symbolic Fluency
    • Mathematical Practice 2: Multiple Representations
    • Mathematical Practice 3: Communication and Reasoning
  • Students have access to graphing calculators and opportunities to use them to solve problems and to explore and interpret calculus concepts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to use calculus to solve real-world problems.

AP Precalculus resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level calculus textbook (in print or electronic format) for individual use inside and outside the classroom. The textbook is supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of the most recent edition of a college-level calculus textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.
  • The school ensures each student has a graphing calculator for individual use inside and outside of the classroom, with all required capabilities listed in the course and exam description.

Example Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the resource requirements of AP Precalculus and meet or exceed the required alignment to the learning objectives and skills in the course curriculum framework. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit. While every effort is made to keep this list current, it can take a few months for newly published titles and revised editions to be reviewed.

Sample Syllabus

This annotated sample AP Precalculus syllabus shows how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

AP Precalculus Sample Syllabus 1 (.pdf/xxxKB)

Guide to Developing Your Course Document

Review this document for help creating your syllabus.

Syllabus Development Guide: AP Precalculus (.pdf/xxx KB)

This resource includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.