Course Overview

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.

Course Content

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.

 Unit

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%

Course Skills

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.

Skill

Description

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

Higher education professionals play a key role in developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education section features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

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 AP Statistics Development Committee

The AP Program is unique in its reliance on Development Committees. These committees, made up of an equal number of college faculty and experienced secondary AP teachers from across the country, are essential to the preparation of AP course curricula and exams.