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**How long is the AP Calculus AB exam?**

3 hours and 15 minutes**What is the basic order of questions on the AP test?**

multiple-choice, no calculator

multiple-choice, calculator allowed

free-response, calculator allowed

free-response, no calculator (may work on previous FR questions, without calculator)**What type of questions are on Section I? How are they graded?**

multiple-choice; computer-graded**What type of questions are on Section II? How are they graded?**

free-response; graded by faculty consultants, who are specially trained to assess the questions**How many no-calculator multiple-choice questions are there, and how long do you have for this part?**

28 questions, 55 minutes (about 1 minute, 58 seconds per question)

**How many calculator-allowed multiple-choice questions are there, and how long do you have for this part?**

17 questions, 50 minutes (about 2 minutes, 56 seconds per question)

**Each multiple-choice question in Section I is worth how many point(s)?**

1 point each

**How many calculator-allowed free-response questions are there, and how long do you have for this part?**

3 questions, 45 minutes

**How many no-calculator free-response questions are there, and how long do you have for this part?**

3 questions, 45 minutes

**Are the multiple-choice and free-response sections equally weighted?**

yes

**Are there any breaks during the AP test? If so, what?**

Yes, a 5-minute break between the multiple-choice and free-response parts.

**The AB exam covers how much college-level calculus?**

one semester

**On what scale is the AP Calculus exam graded?**

1 to 5, with 5 being the highest grade

**What does a score of 5 mean, on the AP Calculus exam?**

extremely well qualified

**What does a score of 4 mean, on the AP Calculus exam?**

well qualified

**What does a score of 3 mean, on the AP Calculus exam?**

qualified

**What does a score of 2 mean, on the AP Calculus exam?**

possibly qualified

**What does a score of 1 mean, on the AP Calculus exam?**

no recommendation

**In 2002, what was the average score on the AB test? (Round to the tenths place.)**

3.1

**Typically, how do you need to perform on the AP test to obtain a score of 3 or higher?**

get about 50% of multiple-choice questions correct; do acceptable work on the free-response section

**What do most colleges and universities consider as a "passing grade" on the AP Calculus AB exam?**

3, 4, or 5

**Can you miss questions, and still get a perfect 5 score?**

yes

**Is there a wrong-answer penalty on the AP test?**

yes

**On multiple-choice questions, how many points for a correct answer; no answer; wrong answer?**

1 point for a correct answer, 0 points for no answer, and -1/4 point for a wrong answer

**Compute the multiple choice score in this case: there are 45 questions; you get 25 correct, you leave 5 blank, and you get the rest wrong**

(25 · 1) + (5 · 0) - (15 · 0.25) = 21.25

**Fill in the blanks: the AP Calculus AB tests _____ and _____ skills, rather than _____ and _____.**

concepts and problem-solving skills, rather than memory and particular problem types

**Should you guess on the multiple-choice questions? Justify your answer.**

Mathematically, if you can DEFINITELY eliminate at least one answer, then you should guess:

5 questions, purely guessing; 1 correct, 4 wrong: score = 1 - 4(0.25) = 0

4 questions, eliminated one: 1 correct, 3 wrong: score = 1 - 3(0.25) = 0.25; you end up ahead!

**Are extra points awarded for simplifying answers on free-response questions?**

No!

**May points be deducted for incorrectly simplifed work on free-response questions?**

Yes!

**Numbers have lots of different names. Does it matter what name you use for a correct answer?**

No, but you should probably stick with conventional names, to keep your graders happy.

**Will you hit any impossible questions on the AP test?**

YES!

**Should you panic when you hit an impossible question?**

No! You can skip many questions, and still get a great score.

However, you can check to see if your answer is correct.

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