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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: April 2004 Archive: BC CALCULUS AP EXAM
By Stanforduniv (Stanforduniv) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 06:26 pm: Edit

I've heard that tons of people get 5's on the BC Calc exam because you basically have to not fail to get a 5. Is that true?

By Hahaha (Hahaha) on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 07:23 pm: Edit

No, not really, the curve is like Calc AB. BUT, on the other hand, most who get to the level of Calc BC are very competent in math and therefore the percentage with 5's is not representative of the difficulty of the test, but instead the intellect of those who take it. Besides that, for Calc, the curve to get a 5 is not too bad, something like 67 percent I think.

By Songster87 (Songster87) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 12:21 am: Edit

The BC Calc exam has the highest percentage of scorers who get a 5. 40%+ get a 5... the curve lets you get a 60% or so and still get a 5. Draw your own conclusions from those stats. But don't get overcocky and be one of the 60% who don't get a 5.

By Gmf05 (Gmf05) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 08:22 pm: Edit

Yeah obviously the people who take the course are math inclined and the numbers come from there. Don't think it's a guaranteed 5 though - you can still make a 4 or a 3. Last year at our school, the girl who scored highest on the AIME took the AP test and got a 5 AB subscore but a 4 on the BC part.

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 09:43 pm: Edit

The non-calculator multiple choice IS REALLY tough.

By Stanforduniv (Stanforduniv) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 10:20 pm: Edit

yeah ive heard most people dont even finish the noncalc multiple choice because its long and its hard.

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