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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.



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