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The AP Calculus BC Exam

Important Updates

CED Updated with Free-Response Question Instructions

We recently updated pages 45-46 of the Course and Exam Description (CED) to include the instructions students will see on exam day for completing Section II: Free-Response Questions.

Please help make your students aware of these instructions by pointing them to the AP Calculus BC Exam page on the AP Students site.

New Secure Exams for Classroom Use

Available on the AP Course Audit website:

  • A full AP Calculus BC practice exam reflecting the 2016-17 updates, along with student responses and scoring commentaries.
  • An AP Calculus BC Exam administered in May 2016.

To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click Secure Documents in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available

A 2012 AP Calculus BC Exam — previously available only through your AP Course Audit account — is now publicly available on this page. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

Exam Day 2017

Tues, May 9, 8 a.m.

Exam Duration

3 hours, 15 minutes

Exam Overview

The AP Calculus BC Exam measures students' understanding of the concepts of calculus, their ability to apply these concepts, and their ability to make connections among graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations of mathematics.

Students need strong foundations in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and elementary functions to be prepared for the exam, though the course focuses on differential and integral calculus.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Calculus BC student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.


A graphing calculator is permitted for parts of the exam (see Exam Format below). Refer to our calculator policies for more information.

Students may not take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC Exams within the same year.

A Calculus AB sub-score is reported based on performance on the portion of the Calculus BC Exam devoted to Calculus AB topics.

Sign Charts in AP Calculus Exams explains how sign charts should be used throughout the course and on the exam.

Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 45 Questions | 1 Hour, 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: 30 questions; 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)
  • Part B: 15 questions; 45 minutes (graphing calculator required)

Section II

Free Response — 6 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: 2 questions; 30 minutes (graphing calculator required)
  • Part B: 4 questions; 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)

Completing Section II: Free-Response Questions
Review the instructions provided to students for completing Section II.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free response questions? You can find them in:

The AP Calculus Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.29MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.

Teaching and Assessing AP Calculus, which features sample free-response questions and interactive scoring practice using real student responses.

Secure exams for classroom use, available on the AP Course Audit site. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.

An AP Calculus BC Exam from 2012, previously available only through your AP Course Audit account. Since this exam is now publicly available, you can use the questions without restriction.

Commentary on FRQ Instructions (.pdf/151KB), which explains how answers are scored.

Sample exam questions originally published in the fall 2014 curriculum framework.

The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

AP Calculus free-response question collections (questions and solutions from before 1998), available for purchase and download at the College Board Store.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the Past Exam Questions page.

2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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