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```									 The AP
Calculus
AB Exam

How to Survive
and Thrive
Reviewing for
the Exam
• Know the format
• Review old questions
• Study what you
don’t know
• Write new questions
up to exam day
The format
• Section I-A
– 28 MC, 55 minutes
– No calculator

• Section I-B
– 17 MC, 50 minutes

• Section II-A
– 3 FR, 45 minutes

• Section II-B
– 3 FR, 45 minutes
– No calculator
Your
calculator
–   Graph functions in windows
–   Solve equations
–   Find values of derivatives
–   Find values of integrals

unsimplified, e.g. 2
• Programs
Types of MC
• Computation
• Set up but not solve
• Choose the
true/false statement
• I, II, III
Tips for MC
• Choices may give a
hint
• Penalty of -1/4, so
don’t guess
• Time is limited
Types of FR
• Computation
• Show work; indicate
methods
• “Justify your
Tips for FR
• Don’t write essays
– Show the work that you do
– You may use common terms
(e.g. “The First Derivative
Test”) without actually
stating the test conditions.

• Don’t explain how to
do a problem you
can’t do
– Explanations without work
Tips for FR
• Avoid decimal
– Don’t take a chance on
pushing the wrong button
– If you must use a decimal,
don’t round off early

• Use standard
notation, not
calculator notation
Tips for FR
work lose credit
– Don’t do work on a
calculator unless indicating
what you are doing, e.g.
3

1
x 2dx  8.667

• Show the complete
setup even if you’re
using the calculator
– Except the 4 common tasks
Tips for FR
• Put things where
they’re used
– Calculations that were put
unnecessarily in part (a) but
are needed in part (b) must
be put in part (b) in order to
get credit

• Mistakes should be
crossed out
– If not, it may lower score
Tips for FR
• Are the problem
parts independent?
all the parts. If you can’t do
part (a), you may be able to
do part (b), and perhaps it
will give you a hint for (a)
– Dependent? Work from part
to part even if you’re not
fact, make up an answer to
carry to the next part if you
get stuck.
Tips for FR
• Common mistakes
– Missing integration limits
– Not considering endpoints or
considering points outside
an interval
– Giving only one coordinate
when both are required;
giving both when one is
required, e.g. “value of a
function”
– Ignoring units of measure
Tips for FR
– Examining a general
equation with specific values