AP Exam Final Instructions

Looks like we are down to the wire.  I am doing before and after school sessions with my kids, but I really think they are ready for Wednesday.  (Knock on wood!)  Below, I am pasting in the final instructions that I handed out to kids today.  It takes up one side of paper.  On the opposite side, I copied the test instructions so that they can familiarize themselves with that PRIOR to the exam day.  I want to wish everyone the best of luck.

I will be putting up a new post next week about the importance of building your school’s AP PROGRAM, rather than just focusing on your personal class.  Would appreciate getting some comments from my reading audience.

Final Instructions for AP Calculus Exam

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  • Get some exercise and go to bed at a decent hour on Tuesday night.
  • Light breakfast items (capris sun and breakfast bars) will be served in room A109 between 7:15 and 7:40 am.
  • You must be in the FAC or testing room, ready to begin, at 7:40 am.
  • Dress comfortably.  Bring along a sweater or jacket in case the room is cold.  Do NOT wear math club shirts (formula on back is not allowed.)
  • Bring kleenex and cough drops if you have been sniffly.
  • Bring along a small snack (like a candy bar or chips) for the short break between the multiple choice and free response sections.  Do not eat during the test.
  • DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES OR PAGERS!!
  • Bring sharpened pencils (NOT mechanical) and a pen.
  • Bring your graphing calculator with fresh batteries.
  • Make sure your calculator is set in radian mode. Begin with a zoom decimal window, but be prepared to change it during the exam.
  • You must work for the entire 3 hours and 15 minutes of testing time.  Do not put your head down on the desk or do anything else that the proctors might misinterpret as not working.
  • Do not do anything that might distract your classmates.  This means NO HEAVY BREATHING, SIGHING, COMMENTS, FOOT TAPPING, ETC.
  • Work very slowly and carefully, making sure that you try each part of every problem.  You may leave some blanks on the multiple choice section, but try to get something down for every part of every free response question.
  • If you finish early, go back and try again on problems that you did not answer initially.  Check over the work that you did and make sure that you answered the question that was asked.
  • Two things to remember:  chain rule and +C for indefinite integrals.
  • Do your very best and I will be proud of you.

Cost of AP exam — $56

Value of college credit for calculus — $1600 for AB/ $3200 for BC

Surviving the calculus experience at PHS — PRICELESS

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