Preparing Students for the Exam
Starting August 1, students and teachers will have new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, progress checks and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth, and a question bank of real AP questions.
Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Statistics Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available.
Encourage your students to visit the AP Statistics student page for exam information and exam practice.
- Fri, May 15, 2020
AP Statistics Exam Day
The AP Statistics Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section—won’t change.
Section 1: Multiple Choice
40 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
- Individual questions or sets of questions based on a shared prompt
Section 2: Free Response
6 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
- 1 multipart question with a primary focus on collecting data
- 1 multipart question with a primary focus on exploring data
- 1 multipart question with a primary focus on probability and sampling distributions
- 1 question with a primary focus on inference
- 1 question that combines 2 or more skill categories
- 1 investigative task that assesses multiple skill categories and content areas, focusing on the application of skills and content in new contexts or in non-routine ways
AP Calculator Policy
A four function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam.
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.
Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.
New Exam Resources
Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You’ll have access to:
- an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
- personal progress checks with new formative questions
- a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights