Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Dianna Galante

Second Advisor

Dr. J Christopher Tweddle

Third Advisor

Professor Robert Kaufmann


The purpose of this research is to identify and describe the changes to the AP Calculus AB test from its inception in 1955 to the present. Two research questions guided the study. How has the AP Calculus test changed since 1955? How has the student population changed since the AP Calculus AB test began? The AP Calculus AB Test changed along with the Calculus Reform movement to expect students to have a conceptual understanding. The changes in the presentation of problems on the test and the level of knowledge needed to solve them shows that. The student population has changed in the past twenty years and has increased the number of students of color and female students taking the test.