AP Calculus AB Exam Test Dates

So you’re signed up to take the AP Calculus exam, and you’ve spent the last year preparing. But when exactly are the Calculus AB Exam test dates? Read on to find out.

We will also talk about a few other important dates in the AP schedule.

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Mark your calendar and set your clock!

Important Dates for AP

Preparing for an AP exam is a long-term commitment. It’s important to understand what you’re getting yourself into.

Although the exams will be challenging, your hard work can earn you college credits or qualify you to waive pre-requisites for your major before you attend your first college class!

Summer and Fall

First of all, you should plan to take the relevant high school AP course(s) in the year leading up to the exam. Some teachers even expect you to do some work over the Summer before the first day.

If your goal is to earn a score of 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam, then you should probably spend the Summer brushing up on your algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.

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Well there goes my Summer….


By January your teacher needs to know whether you plan to take the AP exam or not. Some teachers offer certain incentives for taking the AP exam, including waiving the final exam in their course. However don’t just sign up for the AP exam just to get out of another exam!


Now is the time to kick it up into high gear.

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Yeah… That’s not really what I meant, but I’m glad you’re excited.

You will need to make a study plan, along with a good AP Calculus AB study guide. Here is a handy 3-Month AP Calculus Exam Study Guide.

Calculus AB Exam Test Dates

According to the official College Board website, the test date for Calculus AB and BC for 2018 is:

Tuesday, May 15

Just like in 2017, this puts the Calculus tests on the Tuesday of the second week of AP testing. So if you have additional AP tests to take, this could be very good news for you.

Other popular exams such as Chemistry, Literature and Composition, and US History all occur in the first week of testing. On the other hand, Biology and Physics (C) are scheduled for the Monday right before Calculus, so if you are planning on a heavy science and math load this year, just be prepared.

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The AP Calculus AB exam test dates may seem a long way off, but don’t let the exam sneak up on you!

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    Shaun earned his Ph. D. in mathematics from The Ohio State University in 2008 (Go Bucks!!). He received his BA in Mathematics with a minor in computer science from Oberlin College in 2002. In addition, Shaun earned a B. Mus. from the Oberlin Conservatory in the same year, with a major in music composition. Shaun still loves music -- almost as much as math! -- and he (thinks he) can play piano, guitar, and bass. Shaun has taught and tutored students in mathematics for about a decade, and hopes his experience can help you to succeed!

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