10 Hardest AP Calculus BC Practice Questions (2023)

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  • How Will AP Scores Impact Your College Chances?
  • Overview of the AP Calc BC Exam
  • AP Calc BC Practice Questions
  • Final Tips

The AP Calculus BC Exam historically has a higher pass rate than other AP exams, with 81.3% of students receiving a score of 3 or higher in 2020 and 44.6% of students receiving a score of 5. To do well on this exam, you’ll need to have an in-depth knowledge of important calculus topics and be prepared to answer many involved questions in a limited time. This blog post will go over some of the more difficult questions that you might encounter on the AP Calculus BC Exam, with detailed explanations of how to solve them.

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Overview of the AP Calculus BC Exam

The AP Calculus BC Exam will have both paper and digital formats in 2021.

The paper administration is held on May 4, 2021 and May 24, 2021:

  • Section I: Multiple Choice, 50% of exam score

    • No calculator: 30 questions (60 minutes)

    • Calculator: 15 questions (45 minutes)

  • Section II: Free Response, 50% of exam score

    • Calculator: 2 questions (30 minutes)

    • No Calculator: 4 questions (60 minutes)

The digital administration is held on June 9, 2021:

  • Section I: Multiple Choice

    • 45 questions (1 hour 45 minutes), 50% of exam score

  • Section II: Free Response

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    • 6 questions (1 hour 30 minutes), 50% of exam score

A calculator can be used during all sections of the digital exam.

The AP Calculus BC Exam contains all the concepts on the AP Calculus AB Exam, along with two additional topics:

  1. Limits and Continuity (4–7%)
  2. Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties (4–7%)
  3. Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions (4–7%)
  4. Contextual Applications of Differentiation (6–9%)
  5. Analytical Applications of Differentiation (8–11%)
  6. Integration and Accumulation of Change (17–20%)
  7. Differential Equations (6–9%)
  8. Applications of Integration (6–9%)
  9. Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions (11–12%)
  10. Infinite Sequences and Series (17–18%)

The last two topics are specific to the AP Calculus BC Exam.

10 Hardest AP Calculus BC Questions

We’ll be focusing on questions specific to the AP Calculus BC Exam (i.e. they wouldn’t be found on the AP Calculus AB Exam). This means that this selection of questions isn’t an accurate representation of the distribution of types of questions that you’ll see on the AP Calculus BC Exam. To see more relevant sample questions, check out our 10 Hardest AP Calculus AB Questions blog post.

Question 1

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Answer: C

This question requires you to compute complicated derivatives. Since it’s asking for the slope of the tangent line, we’ll need to find \(\frac{dy}{dx}\).

But, we are given equations for \(x\) and \(y\) in terms of \(t\).

This means that if we find \(\frac{dy}{dt}\) and \(\frac{dx}{dt}\) at \(t=2\), we can divide \(\frac{dy}{dt}\) by \(\frac{dx}{dt}\) to solve for \(\frac{dy}{dx}\).

Let’s start by finding \(\frac{dx}{dt}\) and \(\frac{dy}{dt}\) by differentiating \(x\) and \(y\) with respect to \(t\):

For \(\frac{dx}{dt}\), we’ll need to use the division rule:


So, at \(t=2\), \(\frac{dx}{dt}=\frac{6}{(2+1)^2}=\frac{6}{3^2}=\frac{6}{9}=\frac{2}{3}\).

Next, we can rewrite \(y(t)\) as \(y(t)=-8(t^2 +4)^{-1}\) so that we can use the power rule (and chain rule) to differentiate:

\(\frac{dy}{dt}=-8(-1)(t^2 +4)^{-2}\cdot 2t=\frac{16t}{(t^2 +4)^2}\).

Then, at \(t=2\), \(\frac{dy}{dt}=\frac{16(2)}{(2^2 +4)^2}=\frac{32}{8^2}=\frac{32}{64}=\frac{1}{2}\).

Now we can divide, and we get that:


Question 2

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Answer: D

Recall that Euler’s method involves the following formula:

\(y_n =y_{n-1}+\Delta x \cdot f'(x_{n-1},y_{n-1})\)

Essentially, what this formula means is that if we’re taking steps of \(\Delta x=1\), our next \(y\)-value (\(y_n\)) is equal to our previous \(y\)-value (\(y_{n-1}\)) plus the step multiplied by the derivative evaluated at \(y_{n-1}\) and \(x_{n-1}\).

So, let’s start with \(y_0 =f(0)=1\):

\(y_0 =f(0)=1\)



Since we’ve reached \(x=1\), our Euler’s method approximation is \(f(1)=5.5\).

Question 3

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Answer: C

To evaluate integrals with infinity, we typically use limits like as follows:

\(\lim_{b \to \infty}\int_{0}^{b} kxe^{-2x}\:dx\)

This way, we can integrate the function first, and then worry about the bounds. For this particular equation, we’ll need to do integration by parts. Also, remember to just treat \(k\) as a constant.


For integration by parts, remember the formula: \(\int u\:dv= uv-\int v\:du\)

In our case, we can use the following expressions for \(u\) and \(v\):





Then, \(\int kxe^{-2x} dx=kx(\frac{-1}{2}e^{-2x})-\int \frac{-1}{2}e^{-2x}(k)\:dx\)

\(=\frac{-kxe^{-2x}}{2}-\frac{-k}{2}\int e^{-2x}\:dx\)

\(=\frac{-kxe^{-2x}}{2}+\frac{k}{2}\int e^{-2x}\:dx\)




So, we can use this expression in our limit:

\(\lim_{b \to \infty}\int_{0}^{b} kxe^{-2x} dx=\lim_{b \to \infty}[\frac{-k(2x+1)}{4e^{2x}}]_{0}^{b}=\lim_{b \to \infty}[\frac{-k(2b+1)}{4e^{2x}}]-[\frac{-k(2(0)+1)}{4e^{2x}}]\)



We wanted this limit to be equal to \(1\), so we have that \(\frac{k}{4}=1 \Rightarrowk=4\).

Note that as we were evaluating the limit, the term \(\frac{-k(2b+1)}{4e^{2x}}\)goes to \(0\) as \(b\) goes to infinity since \(e^{2b}\) grows faster than \(2b\), so the total expression becomes close to \(0\).

Question 4

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Answer: C

This problem becomes fairly simple once you recall that the alternating series error bound guarantees that the error is less than the value of the next term. So, in our case:


So, we’ll need to calculate \(|P_5 (1)|\). Since they gave us the Taylor polynomial formula, we can use \(x=1\) and \(k=5\).

Then, \(|P_5 (1)|=|(-1)^5 \cdot \frac{(1)^5}{5^2 +5+1}|=|-1\cdot \frac{1}{31}|=1/31\).

Question 5

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Answer: B

You should have the formula for each component of a Taylor polynomial memorized. The \(n\)th component of a Taylor series for \(f\) about \(x=a\) is given by:

\((x-a)^n \frac{f^n (a)}{n!}\)

Since we want the third-degree Taylor polynomial, we’ll need to evaluate for \(n=0, 1, 2,\) and \(3\), and we can use the chart to find the values of the derivatives. Be careful to only look at the second row of the chart, since we only care about the values at \(x=1\):

\(P_3(x)=(x-1)^0 \frac{f^0(1)}{0!}+(x-1)^1 \frac{f^1(1)}{1!}+(x-1)^2 \frac{f^2(1)}{2!}+(x-1)^3 \frac{f^3(1)}{3!}\)

\(=1\cdot \frac{2}{1}+(x-1)\frac{-3}{1}+(x-1)^2 \frac{3}{2}+(x-1)^3 \frac{-2}{6}\)

\(=2-3(x-1)+\frac{3}{2}(x-1)^2 -\frac{1}{3}(x-1)^3\)

Then, the answer is B.

Question 6

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Answer: B

For this series to converge absolutely, we’ll need that \(\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}|\frac{(-1)^n}{1+\sqrt{n}}|=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{n}}\)converges.

But, the P-series test states that a sum \(\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^p}\)converges only if \(p>0\), the absolute value of our series does not converge, since \(p=1/2\).

So, the series does not converge absolutely and A is incorrect.

Next, we can check if the series converges conditionally. We can do this using the alternating series test. This means that we need to satisfy two conditions:

  1. \(\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{n}}\) is a decreasing sequence

  2. \(\lim_{n\to \infty}\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{n}}=0\)

Since both of these conditions are satisfied (as \(n\) increases, \(\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{n}}\)decreases and as \(n\) approaches infinity, \(\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{n}}\)approaches \(0\)), we have that the alternating series converges conditionally. Therefore, answer choice B is correct.

Question 7

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Answer: A

The total distance a particle travels in the interval \([a,b]\) is given by

\(\int_{a}^{b} \sqrt{(x'(t))^2 +(y'(t))^2}dt\), where \(x'(t)\) and \(y'(t)\) are the derivatives of the components of the position function.

Since most questions involving length of the curve involve some form of differentiation, you might be tempted to take the derivatives of the functions given. But, this question is tricky in that you are actually given the velocity (which is the derivative of position), so there is no need to differentiate further. This means that you can directly plug the given components into the formula:

We use our calculator to determine that \(\int_{1}^{3} \sqrt{(4e^{-t})^2 +(\sin{1+\sqrt{t}})^2}\approx 1.861\).

Question 8

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Answer: C

This question is more conceptual than calculation-based. The first thing to note is that if the integral converges, we must have that the series converges as well. Therefore, answer choice D is incorrect.

Next, since the graph of g is given, and we know that it’s positive and decreasing, we know that the sum of the series must be greater than the value of the integral. The following picture helps illustrate this.

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Since we have \(a_n =g(n)\)for each term of the series, the sum of the areas of the red bars is equal to the sum of the series. This is because each height of the bar corresponds to \(g(n)\), and the widths of each bar is \(1\), so the sum of the areas of the bars is \(g(1)+g(2)+g(3)+…=a_1 +a_2 +a_3 …\), which is equivalent to the sum of the series.

But, as we can see from the picture, the area of the bars overestimates the area under the curve, so the sum of the series is greater than the integral.

So, \(\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} a_n > 8\). This means that answer choice C is the only possible option.

Question 9

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Answer: 3.634

This question focuses on the y-coordinate, so we’ll only need to look at \(\frac{dy}{dt}\).

We know that \(\int_{0}^{3} dy= y(3)-y(0)\).

Since we want \(y(0)\), we can rewrite our equation as \(y(0)=y(3)-\int_{0}^{3}\:dy\).

We are given that \(\frac{dy}{dt}=6\cos{1+\sin{t}}\)and \(y(3)=2\). We can find that \(dy=6\cos{1+\sin{t}} dt\).

So, using our calculator, we get that \(y(0)=y(3)-\int_{0}^{3} 6\cos{1+\sin{t}} dt=2-(-1.634)=3.634.\)

Question 10

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Answer: -3 \(\leq\) x \(\leq\)3

The ratio test involves taking the limit of \(|\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_n}|\)as \(n\) approaches infinity. If the limit is less than \(1\), the series converges. If the limit is greater than \(1\), the series diverges. Finally, if the limit equals \(1\), the test is inconclusive.

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Let’s conduct the ratio test for this problem (remember to treat \(x\) as a constant):

\(\lim_{n \to \infty} |\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_n}|=\lim_{n \to \infty}{|\frac{\ln{n+1}\cdot x^{n+1}}{3^{n+1}(n+1)^3}|\div |\frac{\ln{n}\cdot x^n}{3^n n^3}|}\)

\(=\lim_{n \to \infty}|\frac{\ln{n+1}\cdot x^{n+1}}{3^{n+1}(n+1)^3}|\times |\frac{3^n n^3}{\ln{n}x^n}|=\lim_{n \to \infty}|\frac{\ln{n+1}}{\ln{n}}\cdot \frac{3^{n}}{3^{n+1}}\cdot (\frac{n}{n+1})^3 \cdot \frac{x^{n+1}}{x^n}|\)

Remember that we can take the limits of products separately:

\(\lim_{n \to \infty} |\frac{\ln{n+1}}{\ln{n}}|\cdot \lim_{n \to \infty} |\frac{3^n}{3^{n+1}}|\cdot \lim_{n \to \infty} |(\frac{n}{n+1})^3|\cdot \lim_{n \to \infty} |\frac{x^{n+1}}{x^n}|\)

\(=\lim_{n \to \infty}1 \cdot \lim_{n \to \infty}1/3 \cdot \lim_{n \to \infty}1 \cdot \lim_{n \to \infty} |x|\)

If we simplify, we get \(\lim_{n \to \infty} |\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_n}|=|\frac{x}{3}|\), and since we want the series to converge, this limit needs to be less than \(1\).

So, \(|\frac{x}{3}|<1\). This becomes \(-1\lt \frac{x}{3}\lt 1\), or \(-3\lt x\lt 3\).

But, we’re not done here! We need to check the end points to see if the series converges when \(x=-3\) or \(x=3\).

At \(x=-3\), we have \(\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{\ln{n}}{3^n n^3}(-3)^n=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}(-1)^n \cdot \frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}\).

To see if the series converges, we use the alternating series test:

  1. \(\frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}\) decreases as \(n\) gets larger (since \(n^3\)is always larger than \(\ln{n}\))

  2. To calculate \(\lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}\), we can use L’Hospital’s (since both the numerator and denominator approach \(\infty\)):

\(\lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}=\lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{1/n}{3n^2}=\lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{1}{3n^3}=0\)

Since both conditions are satisfied, the series converges at \(x=-3\).

Next, we can check for convergence at \(x=3\).

Our series becomes \(\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{\ln{n}}{3^n n^3}3^n=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}\).

We can use the direct comparison test to determine if the series converges. If we find a bigger series that converges, the direct comparison test states that our series also converges.

So, since we know that \(\ln{n}\lt n\), we have that:

\(\frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}\lt \frac{n}{n^3}=\frac{1}{n^2}\)

Also, we know that \(\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2}\)converges by the P-series test (\(p=2\), which is greater than \(1\)).

Therefore, \(\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{\ln{n}}{n^3}\)also converges, and both \(-3\) and \(3\) are included in the interval.

So, our interval of convergence is \(-3\leq x\leq 3\).

Final Tips

As you study for this exam, keep these helpful tips in mind:

Focus on topics specific to AP Calculus BC

Though you’ll obviously need strong knowledge of AP Calculus AB content to do well on this exam, keep in mind that the multiple-choice section of the exam places a greater weight on BC-specific topics. So, make sure you’re confident with parametrizations, polar coordinates, sequences, and series.

However, even if you’ve already taken the AP Calculus AB exam, don’t completely neglect AB topics. Many AP Calculus BC topics build off of AB topics (for example, limits play a big role in series convergence tests), so though you should focus your studying on the former, make sure to brush up on the latter as well.

Use your calculator wisely

While it’s obvious that doing calculations in your calculator rather than your head will save you time and help eliminate careless mistakes, there are many other helpful features on a graphing calculator. For example, if you’re asked to compute the volume created by rotating an area around an axis, graph both the function and the bounds. This way you can find the intersections with your calculator rather than solving by hand.

Essentially, there are various calculator tricks that can simplify a tedious problem. It’ll take practice, but the more you use your calculator, the more comfortable you’ll eventually be with using it, which will make the test-taking process go much more quickly and smoothly.

Take a look at some of CollegeVine’s other guides to AP exams:

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AP Calculus BC is more difficult than AP Calculus AB. Not only does it include additional topics, which requires an accelerated pace, but the additional units, especially Unit 10, tend to be more difficult than the Calc AB units.

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United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests.

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What raw score do you need for a 5 on AP Calculus BC? ›

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“5” is the highest score one can get on the AP Calculus BC test, or pretty much any AP test. Obviously it's a good score.

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You not only received the top score of 5 but were also one of only 2 students (amounting to just 0.002% of 2022 AP Calculus BC Exam takers) from around the world to earn every point possible on this challenging college-level examination,” the letter said.

What is an AP score of 5 equivalent to? ›

Extremely well qualified A+

What is Calc BC equivalent to in college? ›

The College Board says Calculus AB is the equivalent of a semester of college calculus and BC is the equivalent of a year of college calculus.

How do you get a 5 on Calc BC? ›

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  4. Practice, practice, practice!
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How hard is the Calc BC test? ›

They ranked each class on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 was "extremely easy" and 5 was "extremely difficult." Here are the results: Of those who considered themselves a "math person," AP Calculus AB was not very difficult (average score: 2.04), and AP Calculus BC was slightly difficult (average score: 2.64).

How many AP exams is too much? ›

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Exam NamePassing Rate (3+)5 Rate
United States History52.10%11.70%
Human Geography51.70%11.90%
World History51.20%6.50%
US Government & Politics50.90%12.40%
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What is the national average AP scores? ›

Average AP Exams Score

The average or mean AP exams score for 2021 was 2.80. Above 60% of total candidates earned more than three scores in AP exams in 2021.

What grade is AP failing? ›

The College Board considers a score of 3 or higher a passing grade. That said, some colleges require a 4 or 5 to award credit. Whether a 3 is a good AP score depends on the colleges you're applying to.

What is the most failed course in high school? ›

Algebra is the single most failed course in high school, the most failed course in community college, and, along with English language for nonnative speakers, the single biggest academic reason that community colleges have a high dropout rate.

Is AP harder than honors? ›

AP classes, however, are more challenging than honors classes. These courses cover information, teach skills and give assignments that correspond to college classes. High school students taking AP courses will be held to the same standard as college students.

How many students take AP Calculus BC? ›

The College Board estimates that 70–75% of the students in AP Calculus take the exam, which suggests that this year 400–430,000 students took a course called AP Calculus.
AP® Calculus: What We Know.
Placed viaaverage grade in Calculus II
Passed Calculus I2.51*
3 on BC exam2.88
4 on BC exam3.24
5 on BC exam3.66

Do you need to simplify on Calc BC exam? ›

Unless otherwise specified, answers (numeric or algebraic) need not be simplified. If you use decimal approximations in calculations, your work will be scored on accuracy. Unless otherwise specified, your final answers should be accurate to 3 places after the decimal point.

Why is Calc BC easier than AB? ›

Why? The AP Calculus BC test is significantly easier than the AB because of the thin layout of the BC test. There is so much content in the BC Test, having to cover both AB contents, parametric equations, Taylor Series, etc, that the test becomes sparsely distributed, leaving the problems to not be as difficult.

What percent right is a 5 on AP Calc? ›

How many people get a perfect 5 in AP Calculus AB? No test taker achieved a perfect score on the 2021 AP Calculus AB exam. However, 17.6% of test-takers scored a 5.

What percent correct is a 5 on an AP exam? ›

Usually, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this rule of thumb. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale: 5: Extremely well qualified.

What percent is a 5 on AP stats? ›

What score do you need to get a 5 in AP statistics? You need a composite score of at least 70 to get a 5 on the AP Statistics exam.

How many points is 5% of a grade? ›

Your oral exam is 5% of your total grade, so think of it as 5 points. You earn an 80 on your oral exam, so you multiply . 05 (5%) and 80, which gives you 4 points. This means you earned 4 out of a total possible 5 points.

What is the lowest 5 rate AP exams? ›

AP Physics 1

Physics 1 has the lowest pass rate of any AP exam (43.3%) along with one of the lowest percentages of students scoring a 5 (just 7.9%).

Should I retake an AP exam if I got a 2? ›

If you got a 2 on your AP® English Language exam, it is definitely worth trying to retake it. Make it worth the added time and expense by taking these steps to improve your score. Track your scores on the multiple choice section. As you prepare, carefully note your score on the multiple choice section.

How much do AP classes boost your GPA? ›

While honors courses usually add 0.5 points to your GPA, AP classes often add 1 point. In other words, a 3.5 GPA would be boosted to a 4.0 in an honors class and a 4.5 in an AP class.

Which AP exam has the lowest pass rate? ›

What Are the Most Failed AP Exams? All AP exams have a passing rate of at least 50%. The most failed AP exams are Physics 1 (failed by 48.4% of all students), Environmental Science (failed by 46.6% of all students), and Chemistry (failed by 43.9% of all students).

What AP test has the highest pass rate? ›

AP exam pass rates and the frequency of perfect scores can help you gauge the hardest AP classes.
Top 10 Hardest AP Classes by Exam Pass Rate.
AP Class/ExamPass Rate (3+)Perfect Score (5)
1. Physics 151.6%8.8%
2. Environmental Science53.4%11.9%
3. Chemistry56.1%10.6%
4. U.S. Government and Politics57.5%15.5%
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What grade is a 4.6 GPA? ›

The Weighted GPA Conversion Chart
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What will a 76 do to my grade? ›

Use this calculator to find out the grade needed on the final exam in order to get a desired grade in a course. It accepts letter grades, percentage grades, and other numerical inputs.
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