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Barron's AP Calculus, 13th Edition

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Standardized Test Prep Mathematics High School & Up Workbook

Mindprint Expert Review


  • Provides plenty of sample problems and sets for practice.
  • Book provides an understandable explanation for every problem in the book.
  • Provides sufficient practice with full-length exams.


  • Students struggling with the topics in regular class might need additional support solving the problems.

Mindprint Expert Review

Barron’s AP Calculus is an effective, comprehensive workbook that prepares students for the Calculus AB and BC Advanced Placement exams. The workbook includes a diagnostic exam for both tests, 12 chapters of topical review and practice sets plus 3 full-length practice exams for each test. Length of the chapters varies per topic but average approximately 15 pages each, which include definitions of key terms plus plenty of examples of with step-wise explanations. They clearly indicate which material is additional for the BC exam. Each section ends with practice exercises of approximately 50+ questions with answer key and understandable explanations for a student comfortably performing in class. The full-length practice exams resemble the actual tests and the test answer keys include complete explanations as well. The appendix is a comprehensive reference of theorems and formulas. A book purchase includes a CD-ROM and online access for two additional AB and BC exams with automatic scoring. This is a great choice for students looking for extra AP Calculus problems or test-taking practice because it provides plenty of authentic practice and every answer in the book is broken down and explained in understandable language.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Specific topics/lessons are easy to find
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Cognitive Concerns

May not be advisable for students with the following cognitive needs

  • Organization

Manufacturer Description

Both Calculus AB and Calculus BC are covered in this comprehensive AP test preparation manual. The book's main features include:

  • Four practice exams in Calculus AB and four more in Calculus BC
  • All test questions answered with solutions explained
  • A detailed subject review covering topics for both exams
  • Advice to students on efficient use of their graphing calculators
    The manual can be purchased alone or with an optional CD-ROM presenting two more practice tests with answers. One test is in Calculus AB, and the other in Calculus BC.

    BONUS ONLINE PRACTICE TEST: Students who purchase this book or package will also get FREE access to one additional full-length online AP Calculus test with all questions answered and explained.