AP Statistics

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About the Exam

Important Update

Updated April 8 You can now download the digital testing application and take digital practice to prepare for the testing experience. See below for more information on digital practice and taking the digital exam.

2021 AP Statistics Exams will be offered on paper in early May and late May, and as a digital exam in early June. Both the paper and digital versions of the AP Statistics Exam will be full length and measure the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description (CED), giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

The paper exams will follow the typical multiple-choice and free-response format given in the CED. The digital exam will take the same amount of time, but will contain more multiple-choice questions and fewer free-response questions. On the digital exam, you will answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. The digital exam app will include any symbols you would need to type your responses. Students taking digital exams will not be asked to draw or graph as part of your responses—rather, these skills may be assessed by asking you to provide explanations about given diagrams or other stimuli. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.

You will be able to practice answering a representative sample of multiple-choice and free-response questions within the 2021 digital exam app, available in early April. The best practice for the digital version of the 2021 AP Statistics Exam remains the existing multiple-choice and free-response questions.

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Statistics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.


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Exam Overview
The AP Statistics Exam will test your understanding of the mathematical concepts covered in the course units, including your ability to use statistical methods and calculate the probability of an outcome. You’ll need to bring a graphing calculator with statistics capabilities to the exam.

 

Exam Duration
3hrs

Digital Practice and Testing Information

Updated April 8

Digital Practice Now Available

Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering example questions in the digital testing application.See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.

AP Statistics students will have two options to answer example questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.

  • Digital Practice has the same sections as the actual digital exam, but with shortened MCQ sections:
    • Section I: 7 multiple choice, 15 minutes, followed by a shortened 5-minute break
    • Section II, Part A: 2 multiple-choice questions, 5 minutes, followed by a 1-minute pause
    • Section II, Part B: full-length FRQ section (4 questions, 65 minutes)
  • The App Demo is an even shorter subset of the questions in Digital Practice–4 multiple-choice questions, a 2-minute break, and 1 free-response question.

We highly recommend you take the Digital Practice, and strongly advise that if you can’t take the Digital Practice, at least take the App Demo. Both can be taken multiple times, and can be accessed directly in the digital testing application. You can access your answers and solution materials (MCQ answer key, FRQ scoring guidelines) for the Digital Practice. Note: Taking the App Demo after completing Digital Practice may override your answers from Digital Practice.

Taking the Digital Exam

You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:

  • As a reminder, you will answer all multiple-choice questions and type all free-response answers directly in the digital exam application. Scratch paper is permitted for notes or planning, but you cannot handwrite or otherwise upload responses
    • The free-response questions won’t require you to draw diagrams, graphs or overly complicated mathematical expressions.  All responses can be typed on a regular computer keyboard, along with a toolbar containing additional formatting options (such as superscript and subscript) and special characters that can be accessed by clicking the Omega button:
  • Some free-response question prompts reference a specific question part. You can click on the » symbol shown in the prompt to automatically scroll to the referenced location.
  • The Formula Sheet and Statistical Tables can be accessed with the Reference button in the upper right button bar of the application. The interface is different in the digital testing application than in the paper exam booklet, so you should take a look when you take digital practice.
  • A calculator with statistical capability is expected for the exam. However, you’ll need to bring your own handheld calculator because the digital testing application does not include one.
  • As a reminder, you cannot go back to questions you’ve already answered, and cannot skip ahead. 
  • However, free-response questions will each be presented in multiple parts, and you’ll answer each part on a separate screen. You may move among the parts of the question currently being answered, with the Back and Next buttons. Once you’ve entered your response to the last part of a question and moved ahead to the next, you won’t be able to go back to any part of that question you finished.
  • Exam directions and section-specific directions will not be read by a proctor–they’ll appear entirely in the application. You’ll see them at the beginning of each section, and can access them at any time during the exam. Please note that the exam timer starts when the directions appear. While you should read the directions, be aware that the timer will be running while you do so. You can view the full text of the exam and section directions in advance of the exam.

Exam Dates

Exams Previously Scheduled for May 13

To avoid conflicts for students observing Eid al Fitr, no exams are scheduled for Thursday, May 13. Exams previously scheduled for May 13, including AP Statistics, will instead be administered on Monday, May 17.

  • Mon, May 17, 2021,
    12 PM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Statistics Exam

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Statistics Exam.

  • Tue, May 25, 2021,
    12 PM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Statistics Exam

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Statistics Exam.

  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021,
    4 PM EDT

    Digital, In School and At Home

    AP Statistics Exam

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Statistics Exam.

Exam Components

Note on 2021 Exams

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Statistics only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

The digital AP Statistics exam will include:

  • More multiple-choice questions than the paper exam.
  • Fewer free-response questions than the paper exam. 

Free-response questions will consist of familiar tasks that could appear on a traditional AP Exam, but they will be answerable with a regular computer keyboard and won’t require drawing or graphing. The digital exam app will include any symbols you would need to type your responses. All responses must be typed directly into the exam app. No handwritten or photographed work will be accepted.

You will be able to practice multiple-choice and free-response questions within the 2021 digital exam app, available in early April.

Early May and Late May Exams (Paper) Early June Exam (Digital)

Section 1: Multiple Choice
40 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

 

The multiple-choice section assesses:

  • Your understanding of content from all 9 units of study
  • Your ability to apply all 4 course skills

The section includes individual questions or sets of questions based on a shared prompt.

Section 1: Multiple Choice
40 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

 

The multiple-choice section assesses:

  • Your understanding of content from all 9 units of study
  • Your ability to apply all 4 course skills

The section includes individual questions or sets of questions based on a shared prompt.

Section 2: Free Response
6 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

 

In the free-response section, you’ll respond to six questions, including one investigative task, with written answers. This section will test your skill in communicating explanations or justifications using evidence from data, definitions, or statistical inference.



Part A:

  • 1 multipart question with a primary focus on collecting data
  • 1 multipart question with a primary focus on exploring data
  • 1 multipart question with a primary focus on probability and sampling distributions
  • 1 question with a primary focus on inference
  • 1 question that combines 2 or more skill categories

Part B:

  • 1 investigative task that assesses multiple skill categories and content areas and asks you to apply your statistical skills to new contexts or in nonroutine ways

Section 2: Multiple Choice and Free Response (50% of exam score)

This section includes 11 multiple-choice questions and four free-response questions. You’ll type answers to the free-response questions in the digital exam app.

 

Multiple Choice:

11 Questions | 25 minutes

 

Free Response:

4 Questions | 1 Hour 5 Minutes

 

In the free-response section, you’ll respond to four questions, including one investigative task, with typed answers. This section will test your skill in communicating explanations or justifications using evidence from data, definitions, or statistical inference. Free-response questions will be written so that you can type all your answers into the digital exam app. The app will include any symbols you’ll need. You cannot handwrite your answers.

 

Part A:

  • 1 multipart question with a primary focus on collecting data
  • 1 multipart question with a primary focus on exploring data
  • 1 question that combines 2 or more skill categories

Part B:

  • 1 investigative task that assesses multiple skill categories and content areas, focusing on the application of skills and content in new contexts or in non-routine ways. (The investigative task on the digital exam will be weighted the same percentage of the total exam score as it is on the paper exam.)

The investigative task will be weighted the same percentage of the total exam score on the paper exam as it is on the paper exam. Other FRQs will be weighted equally to each other.

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