AP Calculus BC (also called AP Calc BC) is an Advanced Placement® course that covers concepts, methods, and applications of differential and integral calculus. The course consists of 10 units and is taught over two semesters, usually to students in their junior or senior year of high school.
The AP Calculus BC exam consists of 45 multiple-choice questions and six free-response questions. The multiple choice and free-response sections each represent 50% of your score. The total exam duration is 3 hours and 15 minutes.
AP Calculus BC is a demanding course that covers a lot of material in a year. It typically has a smaller number of students than some of the other popular AP courses, but it has a higher pass rate of around 81%. If you apply yourself and put in regular study time, you should do great.
The best way to prepare for the AP Calculus BC exam is to practice. Practice with realistic questions, review the content you miss, and become familiar with the free-response question rubric. One of the best ways to ensure you do well on the exam is to use UWorld’s QBank for AP Calculus BC as your practice and preparation resource.
Taking AP Calculus BC will help you develop the skills needed to be successful in advanced high school and college classes. Just taking the course shows that you are willing to take on more rigorous coursework, and a good grade in the course will boost your GPA and look great on your transcript. Plus, if you achieve a good score on the exam, you could earn college credit which will mean less time in college. AP Calculus BC is a challenging course which will require you to put in a lot of work, and you will be doing a lot of experimentation and extrapolation of data, but it will be worth it!
AP exams are administered every May. The exact day will change from year to year. Check with your school or the College Board® website to find the exact day and time that your exam will be given.