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The five-point rate of AP Statistics is around 13% over the years. Compared with other popular AP subjects, the five-point rate is not consider high. Hence indicating the difficulty level of the subject.
AP Statistics is a science subject, but it is not like Calculus BC that emphasis on calculation. You need to understanding of the basic concepts of statistics, apply in different practical situations and come out with a rigorous interpretation. This requires students to not just memorise the concepts or formulas, but also understand the concept behind them.
The linkage of the content learn in AP Statistics and elementary mathematics is not strong. Concepts that the students are familiar with, such as finding the average and standard deviation is only a small part of statistics. Most of the content is something that the students have not learnt before.
In fact, other than total numbers and research data, the real statistical research includes investigation, collection, analysis, and prediction. AP Statistics will also examine this four parts. Although the examination is relatively simple, but the questions focuses more on practical applications.
Should You Take AP Statistics?
Most majors in American universities require statistics as a basic compulsory course. If you just want to get a high score to earn credits, then AP Statistics may not be the best choice, However, if you plan to study subjects such as mathematics, statistics, computing, economics, physics, biology, environmental science, psychology, social science, you can consider taking AP Statistics.
Section 1: Multiple Choice
40 Questions I 1 Hour 30 Minutes I 50% of Exam Score
• Individual questions or sets of questions based on a shared prompt
Section 2: Free Response
6 Questions I 1 Hour 30 Minutes I 50% of Exam Score
• 1 multipart question with a primary focus on collecting data
• 1 multipart question with a primary focus on exploring data
• 1 multipart question with a primary focus on probability and sampling distributions
• 1 question with a primary focus on inference
• 1 question that combines 2 or more skill categories
• 1 investigative task that assesses multiple skill categories and content areas, focusing on the application of skills and content in new contexts or in non-routine ways
Test Prep Strategy
When studying for the exam, many students complained that the multiple-choice questions were too long and they could not finish reading. In fact, in those long questions, a large part of them is introduction of background information, which has nothing to do with problem solving.
AP exam examines the candidates' ability to master learning points and the ability to extract information. Therefore, when doing the multiple-choice questions, you can follow the following steps:
1. Look at the questions and options first, judge which learning points are tested for this question
2. Pay attention to all the data related to the topic tested
3. Underline the key informations.
Like any other AP subjects, you are able to find out the pattern and the frequently tested questions in the AP Statistics. You must know how to explain comment terms, such as standard deviation, coefficient of regression line, confounding variables, confidence level, etc.
Recommended Study Guides
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-Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis
-AP Statistics in Action
-Understandable Statistics, 11e
-Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 9e
-5 Steps to a 5 500 AP Statistics
-5 Steps to a 5-AP Statistics
-Barron's AP Statistics
-AP Statistics with 6 Practice Test
-Cracking the AP Statistics Exam - Princeton Review
Collection of Official Papers with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Click here to obtain the latest AP Statistics Guide & Official Past-Year Papers with MCQ from ExclusiveSAT.