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# How to Approach Each Question Type on the AP Calculus Exam (page 3)

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By McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Oct 24, 2011

### Tips for Taking the Exam

General Tips

TIP

• Write legibly.

• Label all diagrams.

• Use complete sentences whenever possible. Always indicate what the final answer is.

More Tips

• Do easy questions first.

• Write out formulas and indicate all major steps.

• If you can eliminate some of the choices in a multiple-choice question, guess.

• Leave a multiple-choice question blank if you have no clue what the answer is.

• Be careful to bubble in the right grid, especially if you skip a question.

• Move on. Don’t linger on a problem too long.

• Go with your first instinct if you are unsure.

Still More Tips

• Indicate units of measure.

• Simplify numeric or algebraic expressions only if the question asks you to do so.

• Carry all decimal places and round only at the end. • Round to 3 decimal places unless the question indicates otherwise.

• Watch out for different units of measure, e.g., the radius, r, is 2 feet, find dr dt in inches per second. •

• Use calculus notations and not calculator syntax

• Use only the four specified capabilities of your calculator to get your answer: plotting graph, finding zeros, calculating numerical derivatives, and evaluating definite integrals. All other built-in capabilities can only be used to check your solution.

• Answer all parts of a question from Section II even if you think your answer to an earlier part of the question might not be correct.

Enough Already . . . Just 3 More Tips

• Be familiar with the instructions for the different parts of the exam before the day of the exam. Visit the College Board website at: www.collegeboard.com/ap for more information.

• Get a good night sleep the night before.

• Have a light breakfast before the exam.

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