AP Calculus AB / BC
In 1956, 386 students took what was then known as the AP Mathematics Exam. By 1969, still under the heading of AP Mathematics, it had become Calculus AB and Calculus BC. The AP Calculus AB Exam covers differential and integral calculus topics that are typically included in introductory calculus courses at the college level. Because graphing calculator use is an integral part of the course, the exam contains questions that require students to use a graphing calculator.
If students take the AB exam, they cannot take the BC exam in the same year because the exams share some questions.
For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.
- AP Calculus Course Description, Effective Fall 2012
- AP Calculus Multiple-Choice Question Index: 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2008 AP Calculus Exams (.xls/240KB)
Below are free-response questions from past AP Calculus AB Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Student Performance Q&A for past administrations.