Update April 7, 2015: This video may have been more appropriate a week ago, but I had not seen it then.



Back to work: Review time  for the AP Exams is here. The AP Calculus exams this year are on Tuesday morning May 5, 2015. Most of you will be finishing your new work this month and getting ready to review. So I’m repeating most of my March 1 post here with the links to help you review. But first:

I’d like to invite you to the annual AP Calculus Panel Discussion and Reception at the NCTM Annual Meeting 

Date: Thursday April 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


     Grand Ballroom Sections D/E 

     Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel,

     425 Summer Street, Boston, MA.  

The speakers will include

–          Stephen Kokoska, Chief Reader for Calculus

–          Vicki Carter – From the exam committee

–          Dennis Donovan – Question leader

–          Benjamin Hedrick – the College Board

–          Lin McMullin – moderator of the AP Calculus Community and host.  

After the panel discussion there will be a question and answer period, and a raffle.

Refreshments and adult beverages will be provided. The reception is free and no advance registration, conference registration, or RSVP is necessary. Just come, meet the panelists, and enjoy the discussion.

The reception is sponsored jointly by D & S Marketing System, Inc., Bedford, Freeman and Worth, and Hewlett-Packard.

As for reviewing: I suggest you review by topic spending 1 – 3 days on each type so that students can see the things that are asked for and the different ways they are asked. Most of the questions include topics taught at different times during the year; students are not used to this. By considering each type separately students will learn how to pull together what they have been studying all year.

Many of the same ideas are tested in smaller “chunks” on the multiple-choice sections, so looking at the type should help with not only free-response questions but many of the multiple-choice questions as well. You may also find multiple-choice questions for each of the types and assign a few of them along with the corresponding free-response type.

Ideas for Reviewing for the AP Calculus Exams

Calculator Use on the AP Exams (AB & BC)

Interpreting Graphs AP Type Questions 1

The Rate/Accumulation Question AP Type Question 2

Area and Volume Questions AP Type Question 3

Motion on a Line AP Type Question 4

The Table Question AP Type Question 5

Differential Equations AP Type Question 6

Implicit Relations and Related Rates AP Type Question 7 

Parametric and Vector Equations AP Type Question 8 (BC)

Polar Curves AP Type Question 9 (BC)

Sequences and Series AP Type Question 10 (BC)


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