Here are suggestions from previous blog posts on reviewing for the AP Calculus Exams. The first post outlines the general approach; the last ten are for the individual types of questions. (Note: the ten types are different from the ten units in the Course and Exam Description, because the exam questions overlap the units – most exam questions test knowledge from more than one unit.) On the exams, the ten types are tested with both free-response and multiple-choice questions.
Here are the links to the various review posts:
- AP Exam Review – General suggestions, hints, information, and other resources for reviewing.
- To dx or not dx – Don’t worry about the fine points of scoring; be more stringent than the readers.
- Type 1 questions – Rate and accumulation questions
- Type 2 questions – Linear motion problems
- Type 3 questions – Graph analysis problems
- Type 4 questions – Area and volume problems
- Type 5 questions – Riemann Sum & Table Problems
- Type 6 questions – Differential equations
- Type 7 questions – Miscellaneous
- Type 8 questions – Parametric and vector questions (BC topic)
- Type 9 questions – Polar equations (BC topic)
- Type 10 questions – Sequences and Series (BC topic)
When assigning past exam questions for review or during the year (and you should assign past exam questions), keep in mind that students can find the scoring standards online. Even though the AP program forbids this and makes every effort to prevent them from being posted, they are there. Students can “research” the solution. Keep this in mind when assigning questions from past exams. Here is a suggestion Practice Exams – A Modest Proposal
Updated April 12, 2022, with the 2022 revisions.