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AP Statistics

The Advanced Placement Program offers a course description and exam in statistics to secondary school students who wish to complete studies equivalent to a introductory college course in statistics. The content is that of a typical introductory college course in statistics. The exam is representative of such a course and therefore is considered appropriate for the measurement of skills and knowledge in the field of introductory statistics. The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

  1. Exploring Data:  Describing patterns and departures from patterns
  2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study 
  3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation 
  4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.