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AP Participation by Race/Ethnicity

Class of 2014 Minnesota and National AP Exam Takers

  • 6,427 students of color took an AP exam, an increase from 5,793 students or 11 percent in 2013.
  • Minnesota students of color had a lower percentage of grades 3 to 5 on AP exams than White Minnesota students.
  • Nationally, higher percentages of Minnesota exam takers scored 3 to 5, except for Asian Minnesota students.

AP Participation
Minnesota National
Race/Ethnicity Number of Test Takers Percent of Test Takers Number of Exams Taken Number of Grades 3 to 5 Percent of Grades 3 to 5 Percent of Test Takers Percent of Grades 3 to 5
American Indian1660.4%2389841% 0.6%46%
Black1,4863.6%2,21095743% 7.9%31%
White32,84380.3%54,05436,47967% 55.3%65%
No response7471.8%97247249% 1.6%47%
All Students40,877100.0%67,83044,46066%100.0%59%

AP exams are scored on a scale from 1 to 5. Scores in the 3 to 5 range is the cut score used by most colleges to award college credit to new entering students.

Source: College Board