AP Calculus BC Exam 2020

Exam timing

On exam day, you'll click on the link in your e-ticket 30 minutes before the start time for your exam and fill in some information.

A timer will show how much time remains until the start of the exam.

Once the exam starts, the first exam question will automatically appear, and another timer will start counting down.

Your timer will show 30 minutes. You should take 25 minutes to read the question and work on your response, and 5 minutes to submit it. When the timer gets to 5 minutes, an alert will show. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response. Once your response to Question 1 has been submitted, you can’t go back to it.

When your submission for Question 1 is complete, the second exam question will appear and the timer will show 20 minutes. You should take 15 minutes to read the question and work on your response and 5 minutes to submit it. Again, the timer will give you an alert when 5 minutes remain. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response.

What to have ready on exam day

Required

  • e-ticket email (you’ll receive this two days before your exam)
  • Completed Exam Day Checklist, including AP ID
  • Device: laptop, tablet, smartphone, desktop computer
  • Browser: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Edge
  • Internet or cellular connection
  • Assistive technology and devices (if applicable, for students approved to test with accommodations)

Recommended for students typing responses

Permitted

  • Your class notes or study guides
  • Textbooks and other classroom resources
  • Previous assignments or assessments
  • Calculator

Questions

Question 1 (25 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

60%

Question name

Multi-focus free-response question

Question description

This question will assess student knowledge and skills developed in 2 or more of the eligible units and topics.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

Question 1 will consist of similar components to traditional AP Calculus exam questions, with minor modifications to enable students to choose to submit either typed or handwritten responses.

Question 2 (15 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

40%

Question name

Multi-focus free-response question

Question description

This question will assess student knowledge and skills developed in 2 or more of the eligible units and topics.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

Question 2 will consist of similar components to traditional AP Calculus exam questions, with minor modifications to enable students to choose to submit either typed or handwritten responses.

What’s covered

Units eligible for 2020 exam: Units 1–8 + 5 topics in Unit 10 (10.2, 10.5, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.11)

Units not included in 2020 exam: Unit 9, Unit 10 (except Topics 10.2, 10.5, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.11)

Other course-specific info

  • Students who prefer to type their responses on a computer rather than handwriting and photographing should download the Keyboarding Tip Sheet for 2020 AP Calculus Exams (.pdf/625 KB), which provides suggestions on how to enter various mathematical expressions on a regular keyboard.
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Calculus BC Exam are designed such that a graphing calculator or other calculator is not required. However, use of a calculator is allowed. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.
  • No arithmetic or calculations will be required beyond what can readily be done with pencil and paper. As always, AP Calculus BC students are advised to submit “unsimplified” numeric answers, in order to avoid risking arithmetical errors not related to calculus.

Sample Questions for the 2020 exam

Download example questions (.pdf/784 KB) similar to what you'll see on the 2020 AP Calculus BC Exam.

2020 primary exam date and times

The May AP Exams are complete. For reference, here is the past primary exam date and time for this course.

Date: May 12

Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
Central Time: 1 p.m.
Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

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Makeup test date and times

The early-June AP makeup exams are complete. For reference, here is the past makeup exam date and time for this course.

Date: June 1

Hawaii Time: 10 a.m.
Alaska Time: 12 p.m.
Pacific Time: 1 p.m.
Mountain Time: 2 p.m.
Central Time: 3 p.m.
Eastern Time: 4 p.m.
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Exception testing date and times

The late-June AP exception testing exams are complete. For reference, here is the past exception testing exam date and time for this course.

Date: June 23

Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
Central Time: 1 p.m.
Eastern Time: 2 p.m.
See more time zones

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