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Taking either the AB or BC Calculus AP Exam? Prepare for the short answer section with this compact, but comprehensive review class.

The short answer section makes up 50% of your overall grade, so make sure you know the most important content and tips to perform well on this portion of the exam.

Pro tutor, Brittany Verlezza, walks students through several previously administered AP questions and provides detailed explanations of the underlying concepts. She also discusses which topics and question-types appear the most regularly on this section, so that you can properly guide your future studying.

Lastly, she pinpoints where students tend to lose points, so you know exactly which pitfalls to avoid!

Students taking either the AB or BC exams can benefit from this course due to the level of overlap between the two tests.

After finishing this course, students should be able to:

  • Confidently tackle the three types of questions reviewed in this course, which will likely make up half of the short answer section on their exam. 
  • Know exactly what types of things they are likely to be asked for each question type. 
  • Understand the common mistakes students make and how to avoid them. 
  • Learn the other topics they are likely to encounter on the short answer section so that they can properly direct their future studying. 

Included in this course: Both AP Study Guides for AP Calculus AB & BC.

What's Covered in this Course

  1. The three most common short answer questions found on both the AB and BC exams. We will reference 3 problems from the 2018 AP exam in order to review: 
  2. Word problems containing rates of change
  3. Table-Based Questions
  4. Graph- Based Questions
  5. General review of the underlying concepts needed to answer these specific questions and several related concepts: applications of integrals, absolute maximums/minimums, points of inflection, concavity, the relationship between f(x), f’(x) and f”(x), Reimann sums, the mean value theorem, and more. 
  6. A list of questions/topics students should review in order to round out their studying and/or solidify the concepts discussed in the course.

Your Course Instructor:

Brittany Verlezza

B.S. Mathematics, Stony Brook University

Brittany has been working as a tutor, both privately and professionally, for more than 10 years. She began to develop a love and knack for teaching while working as a teacher’s assistant at Stony Brook University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 2011. Following graduation, she held multiple positions in higher education, working at Long Island University’s learning support center, and later going on to work as an adjunct math professor at St. Paul’s School of Nursing. She has worked with students of all ages and learning styles, and is excited to provide students not only with the skills and knowledge required to tackle their SATs/ACTs, but the confidence needed to perform well in what can be a high-stress setting. Brittany scored in the 99th-percentile on the SAT and ACT as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is included in this course?

A: Both the AB & BC Calculus AP Study Guides (a $10 value), 3 instructional videos that provide 1 hour and 40 minutes of instruction, and additional resources for further studying.

Q: Is this class suitable for students taking Calculus AB and not BC?

A: Yes, students taking either the AB or BC exams can benefit from this course due to the level of overlap between the two tests.  

Q: Is additional help available for students who need 1-to-1 content review?

A: Meet with a tutor 1-on-1 for one hour to review AP Calculus AB material. Pay and book online through Teachable. Tutoring for Calculus BC and other subjects are available from Nick The Tutor's company Curvebreakers. Call to inquire about private tutoring services at (516) 728-1561 or send an email.

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