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.[AP-EXAM]
Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of InLikeMe.com and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.