7 Things You Should Know About The 2017 AP Exam Administration
7 Things You Should Know About The 2017 AP Exam AdministrationMaria Alcon-Heraux, Director, Communications
In the last decade, Advanced Placement participation has nearly doubled. Dedicated AP teachers and administrators have proven it’s possible to expand access to college-course work—to an increasingly diverse pool of students—without sacrificing quality.
This past May, millions of students around the world took AP Exams to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they acquired throughout the school year. Here are some key takeaways from this year’s exam administration:
- More than 2.7 million students took AP Exams in 2017, an increase from 2.6 million last year.
- Students took close to 5 million AP Exams, up from 4.7 million last year.
- The most popular AP Exam was AP English and Composition, with more than half a million (579,426) exams taken. AP U.S. History came in second, with 505,302 exams taken.
- More students scored 3 or higher this year in 19 AP subjects, including AP Biology, AP Microeconomics, and AP World History.
- The subjects that achieved all-time high scores in 2017—all of which also grew significantly over the past 10 years—were AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Studio Art 2-D Design.
- The number of African-American, Hispanic, female, and rural students taking an AP computer science exam doubled in 2017, thanks to the launch of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016.
- In the first year of the AP Computer Science Principles Exam, 74.5% of students scored 3 or higher.
Congratulation to all examinees and educators on another great AP examination year! The full AP administration reports, including all states’ results, are available here.
Launching in 2019: The College Board is investing in new resources for teachers, students, and coordinators that provide valuable feedback throughout the year to help students achieve success. Learn more.