AP Statistics
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Learn about the major concepts and tools used for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. You’ll explore statistics through discussion and activities, and you'll design surveys and experiments.
Selecting methods for collecting or analyzing data
Describing patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in data
Using probability and simulation to describe probability distributions and define uncertainty in statistical inference
Using statistical reasoning to draw appropriate conclusions and justify claims
A one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics
A second-year course in algebra
Fri, May 22, 2020,
2 PM ET
May 22, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Statistics Exam.
The course content outlined below is organized into commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. Your teacher may choose to organize the course content differently based on local priorities and preferences.
You’ll be introduced to how statisticians approach variation and practice representing data, describing distributions of data, and drawing conclusions based on a theoretical distribution.
Topics may include:
15%–23% of Score
You’ll build on what you’ve learned by representing two-variable data, comparing distributions, describing relationships between variables, and using models to make predictions.
Topics may include:
5%–7% of Score
You’ll be introduced to study design, including the importance of randomization. You’ll understand how to interpret the results of well-designed studies to draw appropriate conclusions and generalizations.
Topics may include:
12%–15% of Score
You’ll learn the fundamentals of probability and be introduced to the probability distributions that are the basis for statistical inference.
Topics may include:
10%–20% of Score
As you build understanding of sampling distributions, you’ll lay the foundation for estimating characteristics of a population and quantifying confidence.
Topics may include:
7%–12% of Score
You’ll learn inference procedures for proportions of a categorical variable, building a foundation of understanding of statistical inference, a concept you’ll continue to explore throughout the course.
Topics may include:
12%–15% of Score
Building on lessons learned about inference in Unit 6, you’ll learn to analyze quantitative data to make inferences about population means.
Topics may include:
10%–18% of Score
You’ll learn about chi-square tests, which can be used when there are two or more categorical variables.
Topics may include:
2%–5% of Score
You’ll understand that the slope of a regression model is not necessarily the true slope but is based on a single sample from a sampling distribution, and you’ll learn how to construct confidence intervals and perform significance tests for this slope.
Topics may include:
2%–5% of Score
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