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Getting to Know the AP Statistics Course

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the course and exam.

AP Statistics Course and Exam Description


Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Statistics curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level statistics textbook, in print or electronic format.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to interpret standard computer output and use graphing calculators with statistical capabilities to describe data, determine probabilities, and perform tests. The course is structured to incorporate the big ideas and required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description (CED).The course provides opportunities for students to develop the following course skills:
    • Course Skill 1: Selecting Statistical Methods
    • Course Skill 2: Data Analysis
    • Course Skill 3: Using Probability and Simulation
    • Course Skill 4: Statistical Argumentation

AP Statistics resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level statistics textbook (in print or electronic format) for individual use inside and outside the classroom. The textbook is supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of the most recent edition of a college-level statistics textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to a graphing calculator with statistical capabilities.
  • The school provides access to a computer to aid in investigating and analyzing data and in exploring statistical models.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Statistics. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

The current editions of the following textbooks meet the Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. While every effort is made to keep this list current, it can take a few months for newly published titles and revised editions to be reviewed.

For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Statistics classroom, please consult the AP Statistics Teacher Community.

  • Bock, David E., Bullard, and Floyd. Modeling the World. Boston: Pearson.
  • Diez, David M., Christopher D. Barr, and Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel. OpenIntro Statistics. OpenIntro.
  • Moore, David S., George P. McCabe, and Bruce Craig. Introduction to Practice of Statistics. New York: W. H. Freeman Co./BFW.
  • Peck, Roxy, Chris Olsen, and Jay Devore. Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Starnes, Daren S., and Josh Tabor. The Practice of Statistics. New York: W.H. Freeman & Co./BFW.
  • Tintle, Nathan and Carver, Ruth, et al. Introduction to Statistical Investigations AP Edition. Wiley.
  • Utts, Jessica M., and  Robert F. Heckard. Mind on Statistics. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

This annotated sample AP Statistics syllabus shows how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

AP Statistics Sample Syllabus 1 (.pdf/1.9MB)

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