Downloadable Data Explained - AP Scores

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. The AP Program offers students an opportunity to be exposed to challenging content at the college level, while still enrolled at the secondary level. By taking AP exams students can demonstrate mastery of the course material. Each AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A student who earns a score of 3 or higher is generally considered eligible to receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the colleges or universities that gives credit for AP exams. There are 38 AP courses and exams offered across 9 subject areas. The AP Program is sponsored by the College Board. For more information on AP courses and exams, visit the College Board website.

This data-set collection shows the number of tests taken, the number of students taking tests, and the percentage of test scores of 3 or higher on AP examinations.

The number of tests taken may be greater than the number of students taking tests if a student takes an AP exam in more than one subject.