The Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB exam seeks to assess how well a student has mastered the concepts and techniques of differential and integral calculus. Many colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
AP courses in calculus consist of a full high school academic year of work and are comparable to calculus courses taught at colleges and universities. Prior to taking an AP Calculus course, students are expected to have completed four years of secondary mathematics intended for college-bound students consisting of courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions. Even though a Calculus AB course may cover elementary functions, most of its topics will address differential and integral calculus. The use of a graphing calculator in AP Calculus is considered an integral part of the course, and graphing calculators are required on portions of the AP Examination.
Successful performance on the Calculus AB exam indicates that the student has a solid mathematical background and is prepared to undertake advanced training in mathematics, science, or engineering at the college or university level.
|Public high school students scoring 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam, by state: 2000, 2005, and 2010|
|District of Columbia||0.7||1.7||0.8|
NA = not available
NOTE: National average for United States is reported value in Advanced Placement Report to the Nation.
SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation (various years).
Science and Engineering Indicators 2012
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