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The AP Calculus Exam  
User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Any high schoolers here take it? What was your opinion?


Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
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User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

Nope..but AP Language and Composition tomorrow and AP US History Friday...ahh! Anyone taking any of those?


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

My SD is taking AP Physics on Tuesday. She's spent a lot of time preparing. What sort of stinks is that it'll take her over a month to get the results.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

I took US History last year and passed with the honors course (the AP kids failed hahahaha, I should have got the 6.0 though). I am taking both economics and US Govt next week also. Good luck tomorrow.


Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1034 times:

Luckily I don't take AP calc, but the two econ tests next monday should be fun.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

I took the AP Calculus AB exam in May 1992. Even though it's the "lower level" of the two exams, I received a 4 and was subsequently exempted from the University math requirement at University of Delaware.

From what I remember, it's very important to write out all of your calculations so the graders can see your entire solution process. That is, if you use the quadratic equation, for example, make sure you write out the starting equation with the variables, then write it again with the numbers, then show your calculations... And if you make a mistake, don't erase it! Cross it out with a diagonal line, then start over next to or below it, from before where you made your mistake, so the grader can see how you fixed it. Make sure you use arrows to show the flow of your work on the page, too. This was my most important tactic... I cannot remember if I actually finished every problem on the exam.

Also make sure any graphs or diagrams you draw are clearly marked and as proportional as possible.

Personally, I thought I was having enough difficulty with the class that I initially didn't sign up for the AP exam. But then I got some financial assistance with the exam fees, and decided, what the heck, I'll take it as if it's a freebie. So I took it, and got that 4... I had expected to do much better on the AP Spanish exam, and only got a 3!

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

Damn AP's...

Didn't take Calc, but I took Spanish Language today and English Literature and Composition on Monday. Macroeconomics is on Monday, and the last one, US Government and Politics, is next Wednesday.

Wish me luck...


N-Dub



Create your own luck.
User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Hey NWA Man, how are you taking Comp on Monday?

User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1014 times:

VirginLover-

Sorry, I should have made that more clear... I took AP English Literature and Composition last Monday, May 6th. I'm not going to take the AP Language and Composition test, scheduled for tomorrow.


N-Dub



Create your own luck.
User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

I have the US history exam friday...not too worried about the DBQ , but the essays scare me a bit...Our school only offers US history and Biology..which is next year...blah...but lol...Our Ap teacher is a nazi...she has a 97% pass rate for her students on AP exams...

User currently offlineMikeybien From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 989 times:

I took both the AP calc and physics exam in 1999. The thing I remember most was how poorly I thought I had done - and then finding out I ended up with a 4 in both. The tests are very hard, but it's very important to remember the grading scale is much more lenient than the average test - I seriously thought I had flunked both tests. Everybody else I talked to after the test also felt the same way after the test but ended up with decent scores. I guess the moral of the story is not to get discouraged if you don't understand or are not familiar with some of the questions - just try your best and write down all of your work just like Redngold said.

Good Luck to all of you taking the tests.


User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 980 times:


Interesting...I'm taking all of the AP tests without having taken an AP class in any of the subjects. Our school only offers APs in math and science. All other subjects have "advanced" courses, but they don't have the AP designation.

To be fair, I've taken Advanced PoliSci, Advanced English, and Spanish at a local university.

Neither of the tests I've taken so far have been unusually difficult, but wish me luck on the next two.


N-Dub



Create your own luck.
User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 967 times:

In high school, I took four APs. (US History, Spanish, English lit, and, yes, calculus) About the calculus one, I felt the multiple choice was bad, but not that bad. The free response was extremely difficult though. Just don't lose your cool. You won't be able to answer every question. Just take it easy and play around with the problems. (You'd be amazed how well that works sometimes) Most of all, DON'T RUSH!!!! You don't need stupid mistakes on your test. I thought I did awful, but I ended up with a 4, so don't sweat the difficulty.

About the US History, you get choices on the essays, so I'm sure you'll get a question you like. As I remember (This exam was two years ago, so I might be mistaken) the worst part of the History exam was that my hand was falling asleep while writing the essays. (Just make sure you know the difference between World War ONE and World War TWO. Big grin )But, if your school is like mine, they'll give you the rest of the day off, so go out to a nice lunch, enjoy the afternoon, and remember that the exams in college are nowhere near as bad as the APs. Good luck to all of you in high school that have to take those tests from hell. Just remember that nobody knows all of the answers.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 957 times:

I took AP US History, AP Chem, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP US Gov't and AP Lit and Comp. Got a 5,2,3,5,3 on them respectively.

Out of all of them I'd say the US Gov't one was the easiest. In fact it was cake... I was done pretty quickly with it too. The US History one was not that bad, but then I am now a history major and was good and keeping all the info straight in my head. The AP Chem was AWFUL. I hated the class, I hated the hw, I hated everything. I earned that 3 in Physics though... I worked my ass for the C I got in the class too. I just didn't have the knack for the math or the paitence to do the HW. Which I why I dropped AP Calc AB in my second semester. And I didn't give a shit about my senior AP English class. Barely read half of the stuff... plus I hated my teacher, such a hard ass.


Now I know all of you taking these tests are asking if they are worth it. For me it wasn't. I only transfered 9 credits with me to university and that didn't really make much of a diff. But if you are going into a Math, Science, Engineering field it is totally worth it. But the biggest thing is the AP exams are not realistic when compared to what is expected of you in college. In the non-science fields you have to do a lot more than just remember rote facts, which in all honestly is all the AP asks. The exams in college are a different type of challenge. But then that is only my collective experience and those around me.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 956 times:

I took the AP Statistics test today... uhm haha if I don't get a 5 on that I am going to get "Retard" tatooed on my forehead.

APUS test is friday.... wish me luck.


User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 951 times:

I got a 5 on my AP calculus exam. Really, take your time so you don't make stupid mistakes. Good luck.

User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 940 times:

I took the exam too on Tuesday, it wasn't too bad...

I just finished AP French and AP English today...six hours of exams..phew!



Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Just got back from English Language and Composition, not too bad  Smile One down, one to go...Go AP US History!


User currently offlineKAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 925 times:

I took the English Lit. & Comp, US Gov't and Calculus back in 1994. The Calculus was the hardest of the bunch.

The multiple choice wasn't too bad, was able to get through that pretty well, but the free answer stuff kicked my butt. I spent almost the entire time trying to get through it but finally was at my wits end and turned it in. I got a 2 on it but it was defientely an off day. And to be honest, haven't used calculus since!
AP English and US Gov't went very well as that was more my area. Take your time though and really put together solid essays, I veen went so far as to make a short outline to know where I was going. Got a 3 on both, not too bad, felt I did better though.

Word of advice though...make sure the university you're going to will accept the tests for credit. Even though I got a 3's my school didn't accept them for credit. I ended up having to take the classes they were supposed to replace. It was a good experience though.

Good Luck!

regards,
Tom



is that a light at the end of the tunnel or just a train?
User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 916 times:

Did I mention one of the free response questions on the statistics test was about airplane efficiency? haha it was a pretty basic question about a linear regression for number of seats in a plane versus the cost/hour to run it.

User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 914 times:

What did you think of the essay titles?

Also, didn't you find the second passage on the mutliple choice part kinda hard?

One more AP left! Chemistry!



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User currently offline10000moh From United States of America, joined May 2001, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 911 times:

Don't sweat the AP's. You can't lose with them; you can only win or come out neutral. There's no such thing as a "passing" or a "failing" AP score, unless you're looking at it in terms of a certain college's minimum score for credit.
Just do your best, and maximize!
It's a good experience--albeit expensive--and a good mental exercise.
Good luck!
moh


User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 909 times:

I liked the first and third essay titles, I agree with you on the multiple choice- the 1st and 2nd- geez! The other two weren't bad though.  Smile

User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 905 times:

Hehe, let's see how good you are. Integrate x^2(sin x) WRT x Smile

Do it by parts.


User currently offline10000moh From United States of America, joined May 2001, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 896 times:

-x^2(cos x) + 2x(sin x) + 2(cos x) + c

25 FlyVirgin744 : I wrote the title message kinda bad. I had already taken it on Tuesday and I was wondering what anyone else thought about that test. I found the MC to
26 777236ER : oooOOOOooooo! RIGHT!! 5 Root (cosec^34x^2)
27 Post contains images CVG777 : I'm taking AP Calculus next year, but I heard from the people who took the AP test this year that it was the most depressing test they have ever taken
28 Post contains images FSPilot747 : AP US History tomorrow! Been studying like mad for the past month. Good luck to everyone, I know I'll need some -FSP
29 Marco : Yeah Virginlover, I was thinking the same thing! CVG777- I took the exam on tuesday, it wasn't that bad, in fact it was an ok exam...
30 CVG777 : Marco I was just very surprised at the fact that the people I know who took the exam were so bummed out and stressed out over it. I would have expecte
31 Marco : Dude, take it, believe me it's not that hard, just do some practise and you should get a 4/5. Even if you get a 3 most colleges will still give you cr
32 CVG777 : I do intend on taking it. I've actually been looking forward to taking since my freshman year. And I am positive that I can get at least a three on th
33 Pgh234 : Well...I just got home from the APUSH test. I honestly dont have a clue how I did. My history teacher is an ass (putting it mildly. lol). On Tuesday I
34 Post contains images VirginLover : Hey Pgh, I think it must be a running trend, my SS teacher is the sweetest guy ever, but he only taught up to 1910! It was certainly a fun test this m
35 Pgh234 : ohh no VirginLover....I learned EVERY possible detail of US History from 1492 to 2002. This is the ONLY teacher I have ever had that does hard-core wo
36 FSPilot747 : Yeah I took APUSH this morning too. It was a bi***. I scored around 4-5's on my practice tests, but todays test was nothing like them. The DBQ was rea
37 VirginLover : What was with that DBQ? I was expecting Jacksonian Democracy, or the War of 1812, or the Nullification Crisis of 1832... Social Reforms?! What was wit
38 BWIrwy4 : Okay, I feel very lucky. I had a great AP US History teacher. Sure the class was hard, but he was a fun guy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, as soo
39 Pgh234 : I actually found the DBQ fairly easy b/c, well, my teacher has accurately predicted the DBQ for the past three years. I swear he must have inside conn
40 Post contains images EIPremier : I took two APs this week: AB Calculus and French Language. I was dreading the French exam because the mean score is something like 2.75, which is lowe
41 Nikonman : I took the AP Chem exam last year...it honestly wasn't bad at all. I got a 4, and I hear that is good. The one tip is to know some organic chemistry.
42 Pgh234 : "college board security officer"....What is that? lol At my school my math teacher gives us the test. We all just show up at school at normal time and
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