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Advanced Placement Calculus (also known as AP Calculus, AP Calc, or simply AB / BC) is a set of two distinct Advanced Placement calculus courses and exams offered by the American not-for-profit organization College Board. AP Calculus AB covers limits, derivatives, and integrals.

AP Calculus BC covers all AP Calculus AB topics plus additional topics (including more integration techniques such as integration by parts, Taylor series, parametric equations, polar coordinate functions, and curve interpolations).


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The structures of the AB and BC exams are identical. Both exams are three hours and fifteen minutes long, comprising a total of 45 multiple choice questions and six free-response questions The two parts of the multiple-choice section are timed and taken independently.

Students are required to put away their calculators after 30 minutes have passed during the Free-Response section, and only at that point may begin Section II Part B. However, students may continue to work on Section II Part A during the entire Free-Response time, although without a calculator during the latter half.


The multiple-choice section is scored by computer, with a correct answer receiving 1 point and omitted and incorrect answers not affecting the raw score. This total is multiplied by 1.2 to calculate the adjusted multiple-choice score. The free-response section is hand-graded by hundreds of educators each June. The raw score is then added to the adjusted multiple-choice score to receive a composite score.

This total is compared to a composite-score scale for that year’s exam and converted into an AP score of 1 to 5. For the Calculus BC exam, an AB sub-score is included in the score report to reflect their proficiency in the fundamental topics of introductory calculus. The AB sub-score is based on the correct number of answers for questions pertaining to AB-material only.


Calculus BC is a full-year course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. It includes all topics covered in Calculus AB plus additional topics…Students who take an AP Calculus course should do so with the intention of placing out of a comparable college calculus course.

Taking AP Calculus BC improves your chances of selection at top tier institutions in US as it shows the ability to take up advanced study programs in high school and add adds to your credit score in undergraduate courses.


AP Calculus BC includes all of the topics covered in AP Calculus AB, as well as the following:

Convergence tests for series
Taylor series
The use of parametric equations
Polar functions(including arc length in polar coordinates)
Calculating curve length in parametric and function equations
Integration by parts
Improper integrals
Differential equations for logistic growth
Using partial fractions to integrate rational functions



Exams are only taken once every year in May.

You cannot take 2 exams scheduled at the same time during the Regular Testing period. Instead, you can take one of the clashing exams during the Late Testing period.

You cannot take both Calculus AB and Calculus BC in the same year.
We, at Prep Genius, advise our students to take up Calculus BC as it is more challenging and valued highly by the US universities.


AP shows that you’ve mastered university-level knowledge and skills while still in high school. Nearly all universities in the U.S., as well as many in Canada, recognize qualifying AP Exam scores of 3 or higher on a scale of 5 for credit and/or advanced placement. Many universities in 70 countries and territories throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America also use AP toward admissions and recognize AP as a standardized measure of academic achievement.



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