AP Test Prep

2008 AP® Calculus BC Free-Response Questions

The AP® exam is not just about the calculations. By reviewing the free-response questions from 2008, teachers and pupils see that several items require justifications and explanations to gain full credit. The chief reader even points out that there is a need for practice of writing justifications and using clear and mathematically precise language in his comments. Teachers use the examples to model other questions throughout the year to illicit writing.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Randomly give the questions out to the class and have classmates with the same question work on them together
  • Distribute a question at the beginning of the unit covering the topic it covers
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars should be comfortable with the content found in a Calculus BC course
Pros
  • Contains scoring statistics for each question
  • Provides sample responses with explanations of their scores
Cons
  • None