What Does It Take To Take AP Calculus?

AP challenges you to take the skills you're already using to entirely new levels!

You might think that AP classes are tough, and you might be right. But that doesn't mean that you aren't up to the task. If you are willing to work hard, you'll find that the qualities you use in other parts of your life can help achieve your goals. AP brings the university experience to your high school with the opportunity to earn an university credit at thousands of universities. More students are ready for AP Calculus than you’d think. Roll up your sleeves and find out what AP Calculus can do for you


Curiosity, creativity and commitment are key ingredients for success in AP courses. These may be qualities you recognize in yourself when you're working at your best, on the things you love best — like teaching yourself about what interests you, finding new ways to solve the problems in your world or proving what you can accomplish with enough practice. Not only will these qualities help you succeed in AP, AP can help you discover and build what you're capable of by challenging you to do more.

Academic Preparation

You don't need to be top of your class to be an AP student, but you'll want to be prepared for the AP course you choose. Some AP classes have recommended courses you should take first, and all AP courses ask that you come willing to do your best work. AP Calculus needs you to complete the Grade 11 University Functions course.


You show your determination when you do the things that matter to you. Think about when you've learned or accomplished something you're really passionate about. You practice until you get it right. You try harder when it's not easy the first time. The effort pays off and sometimes is even fun, especially when you see how much you can do when you try. That is the kind of commitment that is sought out and rewarded in AP Calculus, and will help you succeed when you move beyond high school.