AP Calculus Updates
Updates to AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC will take effect in the 2016-17 school year. Learn more.
AP CALCULUS BC EXAM: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
The AP Calculus BC Exam questions measure 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. Adequate preparation for the exam also includes a strong foundation in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and elementary functions, though the course necessarily focuses on differential and integral calculus. 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.
The free-response section tests students' ability to solve problems using an extended chain of reasoning. During the second timed portion of the free-response section (Part B), students are permitted to continue work on problems in Part A, but they are not permitted to use a calculator during this time.
Format of Assessment
Section I: Multiple Choice | 45 Questions | 105 minutes | 50% of Exam Score
- Part A: 28 questions; 55 minutes (no calculator permitted)
- Part B: 17 questions; 50 minutes (graphing calculator permitted)
Section II: Free Response | 6 Questions | 90 minutes | 50% of Exam Score
- Part A: 2 problems; 30 minutes (graphing calculator permitted)
- Part B: 4 problems; 1 hour (no calculator permitted)
For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description and the AP Calculus Multiple-Choice Question Index.
Below are free-response questions from past AP Calculus BC Exams.
AP Calculus Free-Response Question Collections (official Calculus AB and BC free-response questions and solutions from before 1998) are available for purchase and download at the College Board Store.
2015: Free-Response Questions
2014: Free-Response Questions
2013: Free-Response Questions
2012: Free-Response Questions
2011: Free-Response Questions
2011: Form B
2010: Free-Response Questions
2010: Form B
2009: Free-Response Questions
2009: Form B
2008: Free-Response Questions
2008: Form B
2007: Free-Response Questions
2007: Form B
2006: Free-Response Questions
2006: Form B
2005: Free-Response Questions
2005: Form B
2004: Free-Response Questions
2004: Form B
2003: Free-Response Questions
2003: Form B
Important Note: PDF Files
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