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Best Books for AP Calculus AB Exam Preparation

Calculus AB is yet another popular subject taken up by high school students. Mainly the whole calculus is divided into two parts : Calculus AB and Calculus BC. College board offers both the subjects in advanced placement program. Students can choose according to their choice. Although it also depends on the school whether they are able to provide classes in these subjects or not. If you are bright in maths then you can take up calculus AB subject and start your preparation.

The material includes the study and application of differentiation and integration, and graphical analysis including limits, asymptotes, and continuity. An AP Calculus AB course is equivalent to 1 semester of college calculus course. Further topics are : Derivatives, Integrals and antidifferentiation. They all have concepts, functions, properties and applications as their subdivisions.

Here is the list of best books on Advanced placement Calculus AB exam :

  1. Barron’s AP Calculus, 12th Edition by David Bock and Shirley Hockett
  2. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Calculus AB, 2014-2015 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series… by William Ma
  3. Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam, 2015 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  4. Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam by Mark Howell and Martha Montgomery
  5. Kaplan AP Calculus AB & BC 2014 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Tamara Lefcourt Ruby, James Sellers

The pattern of Advanced placement Calculus AB and Calculus BC both are same. You have to attempt 45 multiple choice questions and then 6 response questions. They are further divided into 2-2 parts. Below is the actual pattern of the exam :

  • Multiple Choice Section 1 : Part A : 28 questions Time allotted = 55 minutes
  • Multiple Choice Section 1 : Part B : 17 Questions Time Allotted = 50 minutes
  • Free Response Section 2 : Part A : 2 Questions Time Allotted = 30 minutes
  • Free Response section 2 : Part B : 4 Questions Time Allotted = 60 minutes

There are thousands of scoring a perfect 5 score in Calculus AB. If you have enough practice then you can easily score a 4 or 5. There were close to 25% students in 2013 who scored a perfect 5. While close to 18% students scored a score of 5. The mean score of the calculus AB is 2.96. Get these prep study guides and start your preparation towards the exam. Learn how to manage the time by exactly giving practice papers in the stipulated time. Try to speed up your calculations to save time for other questions. You can download free PDF files for Calculus formulas and other tips, tricks and shortcuts which can help you out in exam.

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