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Advanced Placement


 

Advanced placement participation of Minnesota high school students

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in 297 (out of 432) Minnesota high schools to prepare students to take exams offered by the College Board. This program gives students the opportunity to take college-level courses while in high school and is one of several college prep options available to Minnesota high school students.

Of class of 2013 Minnesota test takers:

  • The number of students taking the AP exam increased 3.8 percent from 37,364 in 2012 to 38,772 in 2013; compared to a 5.6 percent increase nationally.
  • The number of subject exams taken increased 4.3 percent from 62,023 in 2012 to 64,709 in 2013.
  • The percent of low-income public school test takers increased from 29.5 percent in 2005 to 36.5 percent in 2013.
  • The percent of test takers increased across all racial/ethnic sub-groups from the previous year and is now 14.9 percent of students, or 5,793.
  • Minnesota high schools have increased access to AP exams amongst American Indian, Asian, Black and Hispanic student populations while increasing overall performance at a higher percent increase than the nation for each subgroup.
  • Ranked 8th nationally at 20.3 percent of test takers scoring 3 or higher an on exam.
  • AP exam grades of 3 to 5 were achieved on 42,031 exams; an increase of 3 percent from the previous year.
  • More women than men took AP exams; 54 percent compared to 46 percent.
  • Minnesota students took 33subject-specific AP exams.

73 Percent of Exams were in 10 Subjects

Score
Rank AP Exam Number of Exams Percent of Total 1 2 3 4 5
1 History: United States 8,063 12.5% 14% 28% 24% 24% 10%
2 English Language & Composition 6,801 10.5% 7% 27% 33% 20% 13%
3 Mathematics: Calculus AB 5,951 9.2% 25% 13% 19% 21% 23%
4 English Literature & Composition 5,506 8.5% 3% 31% 36% 22% 8%
5 Statistics 4,161 6.4% 15% 21% 28% 23% 13%
6 Psychology 3,870 6.0% 16% 13% 21% 29% 21%
7 Human Geography 3,585 5.5% 18% 18% 21% 26% 16%
8 History: World 3,562 5.5% 11% 28% 36% 18% 7%
9 Government & Politics: United States 3,294 5.1% 12% 22% 31% 20% 15%
10 Biology 2,996 4.6% 4% 28% 40% 22% 5%

AP Exams Taken in Mathematics and Science Grows

The number of subject-specific exams in mathematics and science (biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, calculus, physics and statistics) accounted for 32 percent of all subject exams. There were 21,315 exams taken in these areas; a 7 percent increase from the previous year, and a 48 percent increase from five years ago when 14,406 exams were taken.

About the AP

The College Board administers the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Most students study for the AP exam by taking year-long AP specific courses offered through their high school. AP exams can also be taken by any student who has taken strong courses or studied in-depth on their own. AP coursework is available online through a variety of private education companies. The exams are optional. More students may take AP courses in high school then sit for the exam.

An AP grade of at least 3, on a scale of 1 to 5, is an indicator of an ability to do successful work at most colleges. Some colleges will grant new entering freshmen college credit if they obtain certain grades on their AP exams. Policies on granting college credit vary by college.

 

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