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The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 9:04 am

Any high schoolers here take it? What was your opinion?
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 9:07 am

Nope..but AP Language and Composition tomorrow and AP US History Friday...ahh! Anyone taking any of those?
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 9:10 am

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.
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 9:11 am

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.
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 9:18 am

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

Thu May 09, 2002 9:24 am

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!

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 9:45 am

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...


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Language On Monday?

Thu May 09, 2002 9:47 am

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

Thu May 09, 2002 9:50 am

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.


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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 10:09 am

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...
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 11:00 am

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.
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 11:21 am


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.


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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 12:12 pm

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.
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 1:09 pm

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.
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 1:20 pm

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.
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Thu May 09, 2002 2:21 pm

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

Thu May 09, 2002 10:50 pm

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!
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 1:28 am

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

Fri May 10, 2002 2:31 am

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!

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 3:01 am

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.
 
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VirginLover

Fri May 10, 2002 3:11 am

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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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 3:22 am

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.
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 3:32 am

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
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 3:54 am

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

Do it by parts.
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 4:57 am

-x^2(cos x) + 2x(sin x) + 2(cos x) + c
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 5:52 am

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 be quite easy but the free response incredibly difficult on some, I even saw material I had never seen before.

However, thank you to those who shared your experience, I like to hear how the tests were for other years.

Regards and good luck to everyone still awaiting exams!

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 5:55 am

oooOOOOooooo!

RIGHT!!

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 12:54 pm

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, and this is coming from people who are in the top ten in their class. Now I have a feeling of what joys I am going to get to experience next year on the test...

I took the AP Languge and Composition exam today. I can't really say how I did though. I didn't find the multiple choice to bad except for the second passage which was the excerpt from an author who, at the beginning of a book, used the dedication to bash and criticize critics. That was hard to analyze, not to mention read and understand, and most of the other 65 people who took it at my school today said the same thing. As for the essays, I think I did really well on analyzing Lincoln's second inaugural address, and okay on the argument, but I am unsure as to how I did on the Virginia Woolf childhood passage. I think I was too choppy in my writing when getting my point across. I just couldn't get what I was trying to say onto the paper. Oh well, that test is over. Now for AP Macroeconomics on Monday. Joy...  Insane
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 1:34 pm

AP US History tomorrow! Been studying like mad for the past month. Good luck to everyone, I know I'll need some  Smile

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 1:34 pm

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...
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 1:53 pm

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 expected them say something along the lines of what you were saying, that it was hard but it wasn't horrible. That wasn't the case though. I heard it was the most depresssing test that some of them had ever taken and that it was hardly worth mentioning at their AP Calc, end-of-year party they had afterwards.

I am looking forward to AP Calculus though, and to hopefully doing well on that particular test.

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 1:59 pm

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 credits!
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Fri May 10, 2002 2:14 pm

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 the exam.

I think that this year was somewhat difficult for the people who took it at my school because the teacher of the course had a very rough year. About a month before school started her son, who was in my class and who I had known since the fourth grade, drowned in a boating accident. She was basically given the hardest course at my high school to teach, and after going through what she went through, I don't think she was ready to come back and teach again, at least not such a demanding course.
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 6:16 am

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 took the AP Calc test and, for the most part, it wasn't as bad as I expected. I got at least a 4 on it I believe. Well, even though I only took the AP Calc AB and AP US Hist this year, I sure am glad they are over!! For my senior year next year, I am gonna have AP English Lit, AP Macro/Micro Econ, AP Calculus II, and possibly AP Bio, I dunno if I am taking that yet. Good Luck to all who still have their tests!

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 6:37 am

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 morning...someone IMed me last night seeing I had "Marital Status: My AP US History Book" saying "Are you scared? My teacher is an ass, he taught up to the 1980s and back, but skimmed over everything!" It's nice to know we're in the same boat...  Smile
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 9:07 am

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 work everyday with NO breaks. I can have upwards of 2-3 hours of history homework alone everynight! And the sad part is, this teacher even ADMITS that the h.w. he assigns is pointless. grrrr. In fact, we were learning all the way up till Wednesday this week! We finished with Clinton Leaving office! Then yesterday (Thursday), we START our review and he hands us litterally 100 pages of typed review packets he stole off the internet, tells us to read them last night, and wishes us luck. We are suppose to continue hardcore learning till the end of school next month and I dunno what else I can learn unless he converts the class into an AP US Future class.
*sigh* Well, its nice hearing I wasn't the only person dumb enough to go through the APUSH course. (Will we EVER need the trival knowledge that we learned anyways? lol)

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 12:29 pm

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 really out of this world too. I really dont know how I did, the Mult. Choice was tough on this test too..Our entire class was apalled at the difficulty of this test. Our teacher never taught for one thing. He simply said "big test 3 weeks on chapters 11-16..." 100 Multiple Choice and 30-40 short essays were his tests. Didnt seem to help our class though, this test blew.

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 12:48 pm

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 with the "9 Steps of a Drunkard?" *sigh* I'm glad it's done and over with!
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 12:51 pm

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 soon as we took the AP, the AP US History class was suddenly transformed into the Film Festival for the last month of school. It was the best class I had in high school, and I was prepared for the AP at the end of it.
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 1:57 pm

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 connections. lol

And as BWIrwy4 brought up...having a good and fun teacher is imperitive for these courses. My AP Calculus teacher (who I also had last year and will have again next year. Yes, I go to a small school. lol) is the most awesome guy around and yes, AP Calculus has been my most fun class in highschool so far. It even beats out my preschool class I am in!

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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 2:58 pm

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 lower than the comparable tests in German and Spanish. My French teacher said that the AP French language exam is more difficult than the comparable exam for Spanish because the French are snobs and make their test harder.  Big grin However, this year's test seemed easier than practice tests I had taken.

We had to take our Calc exam in the gym, which kind of sucked, because the light fixtures kept making these awful buzzing sounds. I guess the test itself wasn't that bad. The college board security officer wasn't too happy about the test taking situation, but there was no alternative.

I wish my luck to the brave soul who is taking AP chemistry. I'm taking an honors level chemistry course and it's bad enough...I can't imagine what AP chem must be like.
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sat May 11, 2002 6:12 pm

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. One question last year was "Banana juice is an example of a(n)..." and of course the answer is an ether.

I really feel bad for you guys that took APUS. That's a two year course at our school, and I think only three people took it. The majority of us took APME (Modern European). We had daily tests/quizzes/essays since APR 10 or so, so most of us were incredibly well prepared. Since there were fourty or so of us, we all got doughnuts, and food before and during the test (since it ran through our lunch) I didn't find it that difficult...much easier than the quizzes we had during class...


We'll see how well I did come July...

Good luck to all you taking Physics this week...
 
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RE: The AP Calculus Exam

Sun May 12, 2002 1:50 pm

"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 go to whatever classroom they have free for us to take the test. We just chill out, watch TV, and eat some dounuts/bagels till around 8 when we start the test. Then we finish up around Noon and the school lets us out early to go out to lunch or something.

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