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The AP Calculus exam can be a difficult exam, but like all standardized tests understanding the format and details of the test can really help you out. Although you certainly need to know calculus to do well, that’s not enough! You should understand how the test works and what you’ll be expected to know. You should also know a few things to help you boost your score.

First, both the AP Calculus AB and BC tests are divided roughly in to two part. The first part is multiple choice, and the second is a free response section. You can use a graphing calculator on about half of the multiple choice questions and about half of the free response questions. Although you are not required to use a calculator, it’s pretty much expected that you will. You should plan on it.

That means you need to know how to use your calculator well. You should be able to do things like graph functions, find zeros (where the function crosses the x-axis), and estimate slopes of tangent lines quickly. You should be able to plot, zoom, scale, and move the viewing window to see important features of plotted functions. You should be able to numerically calculate the value of a definite integral, or in other words find the area between some plotted function and the x-axis. Practice these skills until you don’t even have to think about them! You won’t have time to learn how to use your calculator during the exam.

In the multiple choice section, you loose points for incorrect answers. This means that wild guessing is not an option. However, if you can eliminate answers that you know are incorrect, you should still guess. Even eliminating a single answer choice is enough, and if you can manage to eliminate two or three incorrect answers you’ll get a benefit from guessing.

The free response portion of the test is tougher, in part because you can’t guess. Practicing the types of questions asked on the AP Calculus free response section is the best way to study. When you practice, make sure you write down your answers in lots of detail. Even if you don’t get the answer right, you’ll get points for the

parts of your answer that are correct. On the other hand, a correct answer without supporting work may get no credit at all.

Finally, to do your best on the exam remember to get plenty of sleep and have a healthy breakfast on the day of the exam. Good luck!

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