AP Statistics Exam Information

Learn What Score You'll Need and What Course Credit You'll Receive

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The AP Statistics exam covers exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns and statistical inference. The exam has been growing in popularity, and in 2016 over 206,000 students took the exam.

The mean score was a 2.88, and roughly 60% of students (125,878 of them) scored a 3 or higher. Most colleges and universities have a math or quantitative reasoning requirement, and in some cases a high score on the AP Statistics exam will fulfill this requirement. However, the AP Statistics exam is not as widely accepted as many other AP exams. This is partly because the course is not calculus-based, and many colleges offer specialized statistics classes rather than a general stats class (for example, business statistics or psychological methods and stats).

The distribution of scores for the AP Statistics exam is as follows (2016 data):

  • 5 - 14.3%
  • 4 - 21.7%
  • 3 - 24.9%
  • 2 - 15.5%
  • 1 - 23.5%

AP Statistics Course Placement Information:

The table below presents some representative data from a variety of colleges and universities. This information is meant to provide a general overview of the scoring and placement practices related to the AP Statistics exam.

For a specific college or university, you'll need to search the school's website or contact the appropriate Registrar's office to get AP placement information. Even for the schools I list below, check with the institution to get the most recent placement guidelines. 

AP Statistics Scores and Placement
CollegeScore NeededPlacement Credit
Georgia Tech-no credit or placement
Grinnell College4 or 54 semester credits; MAT/SST 115
MIT-no credit or placement
Notre Dame5Mathematics 10140 (3 credits)
Reed College4 or 51 credit
Stanford University-no credit or placement for AP Statistics
Truman State University3, 4 or 5STAT 190 Basic Statistics (3 credits)
UCLA (School of Letters and Science)3, 4 or 54 credits; quantitative reasoning requirement fulfilled
Yale University-no credits or placement

More AP Exam Information

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To learn more specific information about the AP Statistics exam, be sure to visit the official College Board website.

Finally, keep in mind that AP Statistics has value even if you don't receive college credit for the course. At some point in your college career, you are likely going to need to conduct a survey, work with spreadsheets, and/or process data. Have some knowledge of statistics will be invaluable at these times. Also, when you apply to colleges, the most important part of your application will be your academic record. Colleges want to see that you have done well in challenging courses. Success in Advanced Placement courses such as AP Statistics is one significant way you can demonstrate your college readiness.

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