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AP Calculus AB/BC Exam Structure

Section I - Multiple Choice Questions - 50% of Score

1. Part A of the Multiple Choice Section - 60 minutes
  • NO CALCULATOR
  • 30 multiple choice questions with 4 choices for each question
  • +1 for a correct answer and 0 for an incorrect answer or no answer
  • 2 Minutes Per Question
2. Part B of the Multiple Choice Section - 45 minutes
  • CALCULATOR ALLOWED
  • 15 multiple choice questions with 4 choices for each question
  • +1 for a correct answer and 0 for an incorrect answer or no answer
  • 3 Minutes Per Question

Section II - Free Response Questions - 50% of Score

1. Part A of the Free Response Section - 30 minutes 
  • CALCULATOR ALLOWED
  • 2 Free Response Questions worth 9 Points each
  • 15 Minutes Per Question
2. Part B of the Free Response Section - 60 minutes
  • NO CALCULATOR
  • You may work on ANY Free Response Question including Part I during this time
  • 4 Free Response Questions worth 9 Points each
  • 15 Minutes Per Question

Grading of the AP Calculus AB/BC Exam

Multiple Choice
Number Correct out of 45 = Raw Score
Raw Score * 1.2 = MC Score

Free Response
Q1 Points + Q2 Points + Q3 Points + Q4 Points + Q5 Points + Q6 Points = FR SCORE

FINAL SCORE = MC SCORE + FR SCORE
(Now take your final score and match it with the rubric below)


Approximate Scoring Rubric for AP Calculus BC
  • Score of 5: 68–108
  • Score of 4: 56–67
  • Score of 3: 42–55
  • Score of 2: 35–41
  • Score of 1: 00–34
Approximate Scoring Rubric for AP Calculus AB
  • Score of 5: 68–108
  • Score of 4: 52–67
  • Score of 3: 39–51
  • Score of 2: 27–38
  • Score of 1: 00–26

Actual Scoring Average
  • 2010 Global Mean: 38.4 (AB)
  • 2011 Global Mean: 45.4 (AB)
  • 2012 Global Mean: 47.9 (AB)
  • 2013 Global Mean: 46.7 (AB)
  • 2013 Global Mean: 45.3 (AB)
  • 2014 Global Mean: 56.0 (BC)
  • 2015 Global Mean: 61.3 (BC)

Graphing Calculator on the AP Calculus AB/BC Exam

A graphing calculator appropriate for use on the exams is expected to have the built-in capability to:
  1. Plot the graph of a function within an arbitrary viewing window,
  2. Find the zeros of functions (solve equations numerically),
  3. Numerically calculate the derivative of a function, and
  4. Numerically calculate the value of a definite integral.
One or more of these capabilities should provide the sufficient computational tools for successful development of a solution to any exam question that requires the use of a calculator. Care is taken to ensure that the exam questions do not favor students who use graphing calculators with more extensive built-in features.