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# Switching from Calculus AB to BC, what's the difference?

Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
edited January 2014
So my school only offers AB and I wanted to take BC for the fun of it and I really feel I can I have already 3 prep books for BC so I was thinking why the hell not?

Can anyone just please help identify what I need to be fluent in for the BC, other than whats in the AB?

All I know is the parametrically and parabolic defined curves (if that's spelled correctly)

*** and if you take the BC, don't you get an AB-only subscore?
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## Replies to: Switching from Calculus AB to BC, what's the difference?

• Registered User Posts: 4,747 Senior Member
AB material, parametric/polar curves, and some familiarity with sequences/series.

And yes, there is an AB subscore.
• Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
Take the BC test. Its a better stratageitc move since you get a AB subscore ayways. If you were to take the BC test with ONLY AB knowledge you would get a better subscore grade than if you took the AB test since you would have less problems with more time, if you can identify which are BC problems and just skip those.
BC does add too much.. Just do it.
• Registered User Posts: 4,747 Senior Member
Well, it's better to just be prepared for BC. However you should be able to score a 3 on BC with just AB material. It's a bit risky, some schools don't give credit for a 3 on BC, and schools may or may not give credit for the AB subscore.
• Registered User Posts: 693 Member
Whoa whoa whoa... so you guys are saying that you can game the system by, if you have only taken AB, taking the BC test purely for the AB score and, thanks to score choice, tossing the horrid BC grade in the garbage bin, thus getting a great AB test score?

(I apologize for my liberal use of commas)
• Registered User Posts: 4,747 Senior Member
Well if that was the case, why not just take the AB test?

I said it was possible to score 3+ on BC without any BC material, never said it was a good idea.
• Registered User Posts: 693 Member