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AP Statistics is an introductory college-level statistics course that introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students cultivate their understanding of statistics using technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they explore concepts like variation and distribution; patterns and uncertainty; and data-based predictions, decisions, and conclusions.
AP Statistics Course at a Glance
Excerpted from the AP Statistics Course and Exam Description, the Course at a Glance document outlines the topics and skills covered in the AP Statistics course, along with suggestions for sequencing.
AP Statistics Course and Exam Description
This is the core document for this course. Unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED was updated in the summer of 2020 to include scoring guidelines for the example questions.
AP Statistics CED Errata Sheet
This document details the updates made to the course and exam description (CED) in September 2019. It includes printable copies of the updated pages, which can be used as replacement sheets in your CED binder. Note: It does not include the scoring guidelines, which were added to the online CED in the summer of 2020.
AP Statistics CED Scoring Guidelines
This document details how each of the sample free-response questions in the course and exam description (CED) would be scored. This information is now in the online CED, but was not included in the binders teachers received in 2019.
Based on the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on three big ideas that encompass the principles and processes in the discipline of statistics. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced coursework in statistics or other fields using statistical reasoning and for active, informed engagement with a world of data to be interpreted appropriately and applied wisely to make informed decisions.
The AP Statistics framework is organized into nine commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)
|Unit 1: Exploring One-Variable Data||15%–23%|
|Unit 2: Exploring Two-Variable Data||5%–7%|
|Unit 3: Collecting Data||12%–15%|
|Unit 4: Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions||10%–20%|
|Unit 5: Sampling Distributions||7%–12%|
|Unit 6: Inference for Categorical Data: Proportions||12%–15%|
|Unit 7: Inference for Quantitative Data: Means||10%–18%|
|Unit 8: Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square||2%–5%|
|Unit 9: Inference for Quantitative Data: Slopes||2%–5%|
The AP Statistics framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like statisticians.
Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)
|1. Selecting Statistical Methods||Select methods for collecting and/or analyzing data for statistical inference.||15%–23%|
|2. Data Analysis||Describe patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in data.||15%–23%|
|3. Using Probability and Simulation||Explore random phenomena.||30%–40%|
|4. Statistical Argumentation||Develop an explanation or justify a conclusion using evidence from data, definitions, or statistical inference.||25%–35%|
AP and Higher Education
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This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.
Meet the Development Committee for AP Statistics.