Which AP Exams have the highest passing rates?

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Thinking about taking an AP Exam? Wondering which are the most popular AP Exams and which AP Exams have the highest passing rates?

According to the The 9th Annual AP Report To The Nation, there were close to 3 millions AP Exams taken in U.S. Public Schools by the class of 2012. Here are some highlights of the results:

 

1. The most popular AP Exams:

 

Rank

AP Exam

Total Number of Exams Taken

Mean Score

1

English Language and Composition

358,136

2.86

2

United States History

344,938

2.68

3

English Literature and Composition

316,840

2.73

4

Calculus AB

211,570

2.86

5

United States Government and Politics

202,110

2.63

 

2. AP Exams with the Highest Mean Score:

 

Rank

AP Exam

Total Number of Exams Taken

Mean Score

1

Chinese Language and Culture

4,983

4.48

2

Calculus BC

70,828

3.82

3

Physics C: Mechanics

28,923

3.50

4

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

12,766

3.47

5

Japanese Language and Culture

1,513

3.41

 

3. AP Exams with the Highest Passing Rates (a score of 3 or above):

 

Rank

AP Exam

Passing Rate

1

Chinese Language and Culture

94.4%

2

Calculus BC

81.6%

3

Physics C: Mechanics

75.7%

4

Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio

74.4%

5

German Language and Culture

74.3%

 

Out of all the AP Exams taken by the class of 2012, the most popular AP Exams are within the fields of English, history, and social sciences. There was a total of 780,024 high school graduates taken at least one AP Exam in these fields with 56.6% of them achieved a score of 3 or above. The second most popular AP Exams are within the fields of Math and science. There was a total of 497,924 high school graduates taken at least one AP Exam in these fields with 53.9% of them achieved a score of 3 or above. Finally, there was a total of 184,526 graduates taken at least one AP Exam in Arts and world languages with 70.0% of them achieved the passing scores.

 

A Full List of AP courses

There are more than 30 AP courses available for students to choose from and you can see all the courses in this link. We think that every student who plans to go to college should explore AP courses. Taking these rigorous courses can get you a head start on preparing yourself for college-level work. Also, having the AP courses on your college applications can make you stand out among all other applicants. The admission committees prefer students who welcome challenges and prepare themselves to succeed academically in college, which are exactly what AP courses can offer.

 

What if the AP course I want to take is not available in my high school?

If you are interested in an AP course that is not available in your high school, don’t worry. There are actually approved AP course providers who can offer AP courses online. Depending on your high school, you might be able to earn high school credits by taking these online AP courses. You should google these providers, learn more about their courses, and talk to your counselors about the available resources and your options.

 

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