AP Exam Score Distribution: 2013, 2012, 2011

Students, parents and teachers are often surprised to learn that AP Exams are not scored on a typical bell-shaped curve.

In recent year pass rates (scores of “3” or higher) ranged between greater than 80% on BC Calculus (where 45% to 50% of students typically receive the highest possible score of “5”) and around 50% on many of the history, social sciences, and English exams.     On the AP Human Geography Exam about 30% of students received the lowest possible score of “1” in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Total Registration, an AP Exam registration service, has compiled the following Advanced Placement exam scores* from College Board sources including Tweets from the College Board's Trevor Packer, following the May 2013 exams. InLikeMe has created tables for each AP showing score distributions based on Total Registration's web posts.

View InLikeMe AP Score Distribution Tables by Exam:

Score distributions for the various AP exam can be extremely helpful for putting AP exam scores into context and for high school planning. Advanced Placement exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5 as follows:

5: Extremely well qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement

4: Well qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement

3: Qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement

2: Possibly qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement

1: No recommendation to receive college credit or advanced placement

* The 2013 scores are preliminary that may change slightly as late exams are scored.

 

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