AP Statistics: Frequently-Asked Questions

From time to time, we get questions from site visitors about the Advanced Placement Statistics exam. Below, we've listed the questions we hear most frequently. To see the answer to a frequently-asked question, simply click on the question.

If you need more (or different) information, contact the College Board directly. They can be reached at:

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Questions and Answers

What is the best study guide to help me prepare for the exam?

Stat Trek evaluated study guides for the AP Statistics exam on five criteria, including user ratings, price, and content. Based on those criteria, there are many good choices. To see all of the recommended study guides, visit our Review of AP Statistics Study Guides. The review is updated daily, so prices are always current. Top  

Can I use a calculator? If so, what kind of calculator do I need?

Yes, you can use a calculator. Each student is expected to bring a graphing calculator with statistical capability to the exam. Computational capabilities should include standard statistical univariate and bivariate summaries, through linear regression. Graphical capabilities should include common univariate and bivariate displays, such as histograms, boxplots, and scatterplots.

The College Board has supplied a list of approved calculators. You cannot use minicomputers, pocket organizers, electronic writing pads, or calculators with QWERTY (i.e., typewriter) keyboards. Proctors are required to check calculators berfore the exam. Therefore, it is important to have an approved calculator.

Stat Trek has evaluated approved calculators on price and user satisfaction. Based on these criteria, there are several good choices. > Learn more Top  

I have a disability. Can I make arrangements to accommodate my disability?

To their credit, the College Board makes an effort to accommodate students with disabilities. To find out if you are eligible for accommodations on AP Exams, visit services for students with disabilities or contact the AP Coordinator at your school. Top  

When is the exam given?

In 2012, the AP Statistics exam will be administered one time for most students on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 16. For some students, in extreme circumstances, the exam may be administered late.

Only students affected by extreme circumstances may test late. Check with your local coordinator about late testing. Try to take the exam at its normal time, since you may not be eligible to take the late test. Top  

Which colleges provide credit or advanced standing for the AP Statistics Test?

Most of the nation's colleges provide course credit or advanced standing for a good score on the Advanced Placement Statistics Exam. To check the policy at your college, visit AP Credit Policy Info. Top  

Can I take the AP exam if I haven't taken an AP course?

Yes. The College Board does not require students to complete a formal course before taking the AP Statistics exam. This means that students who have been homeschooled can take the exam. And students who have developed proficiency through self-study can take the exam. Top  

How do I register for the exam?

If your school offers AP courses, talk to the AP Coordinator. He or she will help you register. If you are homeschooled or attend a school that does not offer AP, you can still take the AP Statistics Exam.

  • Call AP Services no later than March 1 to identify local AP Coordinator for the statistics exam.
  • Call the local AP Coordinator no later than March 15.

WARNING: Some schools require students to register earlier, occasionally as early as December. To avoid problems, check with your own school about registration deadlines.

To learn more about AP examinations, visit the College Board's web site for students. Top  


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