The Calculus AB and BC exams are administered on Tuesday May 05. 2020 by the College Board’s AP Services. Each of the exams is 3 hours 15 minutes long, consisting of two equally weighted sections. Section I is multiple choice, section II is free response
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. They are further subdivided as follows:
Multiple-Choice, Section 1 Part A
Multiple-Choice, Section I Part B
Free-Response, Section II Part A
Free-Response, Section II Part B
# of Questions
The two parts of the Multiple-Choice section are timed and taken independently; students may work on the Section II Part A during the timefor Section II Part B but are NOT allowed to resume using a calculator. TheFree-Response section, however, is one hour-and-a-half administration. New to the exam in 2011, the calculator-required section will only contain 2 questions, while the non-calculator section will contain 4 questions, putting emphasis on the test-taker's knowledge of concepts and theorems. 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 FreeResponse time, without a calculator during the latter half.
The multiple-choice section is scored by computer, with acorrect answer receiving 1 point, a blank answer receiving 0 points and anincorrect answer costing no points as a new change done by AP Central. Thistotal is multiplied by 1.2 to calculate the adjusted multiple-choice score.
The free-response section is hand-graded by hundreds ofeducators each June. The raw score is then added to the adjusted multiplechoice score to receive a composite score. This total is compared to acomposite-score scale for that year's exam and converted into an AP score of1-5.
Students generally receive this score report by mail in mid-July of the year they took the test. Alternately, they can receive their scores by phone as early as June 27 for a fee (although the College Board only officially recognizes July 1 as the first available date to receive grades by phone). For the Calculus BC exam, an AB sub-score is included in the scorereport to reflect their proficiency in the fundamental topics of introductorycalculus. The AB sub-score is based on the correct number of answers for questions pertaining to AB-material only.