The AP Calculus Exams

I assume that most of my readers are AP Calculus teachers. The year is coming to an end and it is time to think about reviewing for the exams. For the next few weeks my posts will discuss how to review for the AP calculus exams. Don’t panic if you’re not done yet; it’s too early for that. I am just trying to stay ahead of you so you’ll be able to think this over before its time to use it.

The first post will be some general information about the exam for your students. After that there will be a series of post on each of the “type” problems that appear on the free-response sections exams. A good way to review is to spend 2 – 3 days on each type so that students can see what and how each topic is tested. Doing so will help them not only with the free-response questions, but also with the multiple-choice questions which test the same concepts in bits and pieces.

I would like you to share your ideas as well. Please respond by clicking on “Comments” at the end of each post with your suggestions. You can also find what I’ve written about specific topics by using the search box or the categories list in the right-side column, or by clicking on any of the words in the tag cloud at the bottom of the page. This will bring up all the post about that topic.


6 thoughts on “The AP Calculus Exams

  1. Lin,

    I’d like your permission to copy your posts to a handout I would like to give my students in early April. I would be annotating it to include free response problems of the various types. My students are already familiar with your name as they are required to purchase the D&S Marketing workbook for BC. So they will recognize your name if you allow me to copy these posts. They are awesome!



  2. Hi Lin,
    I am looking forward to your blog posts!

    I like the idea of discussing the topics that are frequently tested on the AP Exam.

    I use topical packets which consist of released exam items (both multiple choice and free response).

    Thanks for sharing your insight!



  3. mrdardy

    You’re welcome. Thanks for the kind words. One of the ‘type questions” that I will address soon is the parametric equations and vector question from the BC exam. It is tentatively scheduled for March 15, 2013. Stay tuned.

    Obviously I have not addressed every topic in the course description this year. I have not decided what I am gong to write about next year (if anything), but I may go back and try to fill in the holes by writing about topics that I didn’t get to this year. I’m happy for suggestions, so I’ll put vectors on my future ideas list.

    if anyone else has something they would like me to write bout, please let me know.


  4. Thanks again, Lin, for such a helpful blog. I am going through BC this year for hte first time in about 13 years (hence, my attendance at Lapeer this summer) and you’ve been a great help from a distance. I am curious about your opinion (and those of others) about additional BC topics. Almost all of my kids are in or have had Physics. I am thinking that spending some time on vector topics would be helpful for them. I’d love to hear some ideas about this.


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