So you’re planning to take an AP Calculus exam. When will your AP scores become available? In this short post, you’ll learn the answer to this all-important question as well as a few other useful facts about the exam.
Important Dates to Remember
If you’re reading this, then you are probably taking AP Calculus or have just finished the course. So you are probably aware of the test dates. But just in case, we’ll go over some important dates.
AP Calculus Exam Date
The AP Calculus AB and BC exam typically takes place in early May. Next year’s test will be on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.
Are you prepared for the test? This is not your typical high school final exam. Instead, you will have to spend many weeks or months studying and prepping.
You might want to check out this 3-Month AP Calculus Exam Study Guide.
The Scoring Process
All AP exams are sent to AP Services by June for scoring. A scoring machine handles the multiple choice problems. On the other hand, subject matter experts called AP readers will score the free response questions by hand. These graders are often current or retired AP Calculus teachers or college mathematics professors.
As you can imagine, it takes a long time to properly evaluate your work in the free response section. This is the main reason that AP scoring take almost twice as long as scoring on the SAT or ACT.
When Will My AP Scores Be Released?
So when will the wait for your scores be over? You have important college decisions hanging in the balance, right?
You may expect to see your scores within the first two weeks of July. In addition, AP Services sends your scores to designated colleges at the same time.
You can find more detailed information about the release dates here.
What Does My Score Mean?
Scores range from 1 to 5. AP scores of 5 correspond roughly to an A in the equivalent college course, while a score of 4 corresponds to a B, and so on.
Of course you should strive to score as high as possible. An AP score of 4-5 often translates directly into college credits, though some schools offer credit or equivalency for scores as low as 3.
For more details, check out: What is a Good AP Calculus Exam Score.
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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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