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TutorFox’s tips on how to get a 5 on the AP Calculus AB and Calculus BC exam

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There are two separate exams for AP Calculus. Scoring a five on the AP Calculus AB exam allows high school students to obtain credit for a year of college level mathematics. Scoring a five on the AP Calculus BC exam allows students to be placed in a course in college that is one course beyond that granted for scoring a five on AP Calculus AB. In order to do well in Calculus, one must have mastered the material from previous mathematics courses. If this is not the case, TutorFox.com highly recommends reviewing all previously covered material before covering AP Calculus. Students should make sure they have no trouble with algebra, elementary functions, geometry, analytic geometry and trigonometry.

It is imperative that students enroll in either AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC if they are to take the exam. Realistically, it is possible to score very well on the AP Calculus BC exam even if one is only enrolled in AP Calculus AB. AP Calculus BC covers all the same topics covered in AP Calculus AB and adds several new concepts which can be learned in a few weeks. Thus, it is possible to take the AP Calculus BC exam and score a five with only the completion of AP Calculus AB. We at TutorFox stress the importance of practice for success on all AP exams. Recent free response questions can be obtained from the CollegeBoard.

Calculus AB Free Response

2007 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/185K)
2007 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/205K)
2006 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/112K)
2006 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/123K)
2005 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/207K)
2005 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/288K)
2004 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/166K)
2004 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/178K)
2003 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/222K)
2003 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/209K)
2002 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/214K)
2002 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/546K)
2001 Free-Response Questions - Calculus AB (.pdf/206K)

Calculus BC Free Response

2007 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC  (.pdf/197K)
2007 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC  (.pdf/187K)
2006 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC  (.pdf/100K)
2006 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC  (.pdf/109K)
2005 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/220K)
2005 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/227K)
2004 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/181K)
2004 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/202K)
2003 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/235K)
2003 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/223K)
2002 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/236K)
2002 Form B Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/223K)
2001 Free-Response Questions - Calculus BC (.pdf/194K)

TutorFox recommends the TI-89 Titanium calculator.
TutorFox.com also recommends using James Stewart’s Calculus for the course. This book adequately covers all information needed for the exam. It provides excellent examples and challenging problems for students.

As a study aid, TutorFox.com advises students to use The Princeton Review’s Cracking the AP Calculus AB and BC Exams as a study guide. This book provides a great overview of all the topics covered on the exam. It seemingly always takes notes of newly added components of the test. This study guide provides two full length practice exams, which are very similar to the actual exam.

Lastly, if you need additional help, TutorFox tutors can help you get a 5 on the AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC exam.