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AP Exam Scores 2013

In the sortable table below, click on the column title to organize the table by that column's values.

Subject total tests mean stdev # 3 or higher % 3 or higher
Art Hist 22,723 2.85 1.29 13,763 60.6
Biology 203,189 2.88 1.01 128,646 63.3
Calculus AB 282,814 2.96 1.56 167,833 59.4
Calc BC Sub 104,483 4.12 1.24 91,094 87.2
Chemistry 140,006 2.92 1.47 82,789 59.1

The College Board administers the Advanced Placement program common in many high schools. The purpose of the program is to provide high school students exposure to college-level material. Students often earn college credits by passing AP classes, but they need to score 3 or better on a scale of 5 to do so. The distribution of individual AP test scores in a single subject is bell-shaped.

The College Board uses the following descriptors to inform colleges how they should view students' qualifications for taking the next course in the sequence. A 3 or better is generally viewed as a "passing" grade in terms of earning college credit.

5 = extremely well qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possibly qualified
1 = no recommendation

Of all students who took an AP test in one of the five subjects shown in the table, what percent should colleges consider "qualified,", "well qualified," or "extremely well qualified" to take the next course in the sequence?











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