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RahoulVA
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My school changed the class from AP/BC to Calculus 101 college credit. I'm still eligible to take it though. Would study from Prep books like Princeton Review and Barron's be enough? Might be worth to do a lot of studying starting in February or March to maybe get a 3+ and skip those classes in college. Could I do it though? How manageable is it?

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## Replies to: How hard is AP Calculus?

810Registered User Member154User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior MemberIf you read a textbook (seriously), then you should be fine since Calculus is a building course.

For example, you may be learning about polars and parametrics, but you still need to know the basics of chain rule, quotient rule, limits, and derivatives that you learned in the previous chapters. The only new thing, that is not based on anything else, is Taylor's.

There's no point aiming for a 3 or a 4 to skip the class in college. The AP test marginally examines your actual skill level in Calc, so you would be screwed if you went straight to multivariable calc in college.

So, make sure you master the material.

194Registered User Junior Member176Registered User Junior Memberlike... on the first quiz i got 5/13

i almost cried :(

but.... i kept on going and last week i started getting perfect scores....also...my teacher doesn't realize that most kids have ti 89's so it's really easy to use that in class...but it doesn't help that much lol

3,447Registered User Senior MemberAs for the difficulty level, the material covered in AP Calculus is really not that hard. Of course, maybe math isn't your thing.

154User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member1,050Registered User Senior MemberTo sozo91: You say one would be screwed if he/she went straight to multivariable calculus. I took AP Calculus AB, self-studied BC, took a placement test, scored a 98, and placed straight into Honors Multivariable Calculus. In that course, I earned an A+. So your claim is not true.

3,256Registered User Senior Member4,005Registered User Senior Member156Registered User Junior MemberWe did epsilon delta in honors pre-calc and we were actually tested on it.

And proofs find their ways into my notes all the time...

176Registered User Junior MemberI haven't done any proofs yet.

543Registered User Member904Registered User Member5,620Registered User Senior Member112Registered User Junior MemberThanks!