10 Hardest AP Statistics Practice Questions (2023)

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  • How Will AP Scores Impact Your College Chances?
  • Overview of the AP Stats Exam
  • Hard AP Stats Questions
  • Final Tips

Whether you’ve taken an AP exam or not, you’ve likely heard about their notorious rigor and difficulty. After all, these exams are meant to evaluate whether you have a college-level grasp of the material.

AP Statistics is one of the harder AP exams; in 2020, the AP Statistics Exam had a pass rate of 60%, with 16.2% of test-takers receiving a score of 5. Keep reading to learn more about the AP Statistics exam and see some harder problems—with detailed explanations!

How Will AP Scores Impact My College Chances?

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But, this doesn’t mean your scores aren’t important–some colleges will waive course requirements if your score is high enough. Though the requirements vary from school to school, it’s generally in your best interest to aim for a high score on your AP exams. Read more about the effect of AP Scores on your college chances.

Overview of the AP Statistics Exam

For the 2021 testing year, CollegeBoard is offering three different administrations of the AP Statistics exam. The first two administrations will be the traditional paper format, and the third administration will be digital.

The paper administration is held on May 17, 2021 and consists of two sections:

  • Section I: 40 multiple choice questions (1 hour 30 minutes), 50% of exam score
  • Section II: 6 free response questions (1 hour 30 minutes), 50% of exam score

The digital administration is held on May 25, 2021 and consists of two sections:

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  • Section I: 40 multiple choice questions (1 hour 30 minutes), 50% of exam score
  • Section II: 11 multiple choice questions (25 minutes) and 4 free response questions (1 hour 5 minutes), 50% of exam score

Regardless of which administration you take, the exam will test your knowledge of the following skill categories:

  1. Selecting statistical methods
  2. Data analysis
  3. Using probability and simulation
  4. Statistical argumentation

You’ll also need a graphing calculator to take the exam, so make sure you’re comfortable using a graphing calculator to solve statistics problems.

10 Hardest AP Statistics Questions

Here are some sample AP Statistics questions which are on the tougher side.

Question 1

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Answer: C

Since this question deals with expected value, we’ll need the following given formula:

In this formula, \(E(x)\) (or \(\mu_x\)) represents the expected value, and it’s equal to the sum of each event \((x_i)\) multiplied by the probability of that event \((p_i)\).

With expected value problems, it’s usually best to construct a table.

First, recall that we want it to be advantageous to guess. This means the expected value of guessing should be higher than 2 (since leaving the question blank results in a score of 2).

So, if we are left with \(n\)answer choices, we can construct the following table:

Correct response

Incorrect response






For a correct response, the x-value is 7 (since a score of 7 is given for each correct answer), and the probability is \(\frac{1}{n}\) (if there are \(n\)answer choices, you have a 1 in \(n\) chance of guessing the correct answer).

Similarly, for an incorrect response, the x-value is 0, and the probability is \(1-\frac{1}{n}\)(since you can either get a question correct or incorrect).

So, \(E(x)=7(1/n)+0(1-1/n)\gt 2\)

This simplifies to: \(7/n\gt 2\), which means that \(n\lt 3.5\). So, we would need 3 answer choices left for it to be advantageous to guess.

But, this question is tricky since it asks for the number of answer choices that should be eliminated, not left. Thus, we have \(5-3=2\), and the correct answer is C.

Question 2

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Answer: D

Based on the information given, we can start by stating that\(P(A)=0.01, P(B)=0.03,\) and \(P(C)=0.04.\)

Since any one component failing will cause the device to fail, the probability of the device failing is \(P(A) \bigcup P(B) \bigcup P(C)\). So, the probability that the device will not fail is \(1-P(A) \bigcup P(B) \bigcup P(C)\).

The AP Statistics Exam gives the following formula for calculating the union between two events:

So, in our case we have that: \(P(A) \bigcup P(B) \bigcup P(C)=P(A)+P(B)+P(C)-P(A\bigcap B\bigcap C)\).

To find \(P(A\bigcap B\bigcap C)\), note that the problem stated that “the components fail independently of one another.” This means that \(P(A\bigcap B\bigcap C)=P(A)*P(B)*P(C)\).

Then, \(P(A) \bigcup P(B) \bigcup P(C)=P(A)+P(B)+P(C)-P(A)*P(B)*P(C).\)

So, if we substitute the corresponding values, we get:

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\(P(A) \bigcup P(B) \bigcup P(C)=0.01+0.03+0.04-(0.01*0.03*0.04)=0.79988.\)

This means our answer should be \(1-0.79988\approx 0.922\), which corresponds to answer choice D.

Question 3

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Answer: D

You should definitely expect to be tested on inference, random sampling and random assignment on the AP Statistics exam. The general rule of thumb is:

If you have random sampling, you can generalize to the population.

If you have random assignment, you can conclude cause and effect.

For this question, it’s asking if we can assume that “the difference in sales was caused by the different cover designs.” So, we’re essentially being asked if we can draw conclusions about cause and effect. This means we need to check if the experiment had random assignment.

When describing the experiment, the question states that “thirty-five of these stores were randomly assigned,” so we do have random assignment! This means the correct answer is D, since random assignment allows us to draw an inference about the difference in sales being caused by cover design.

Question 4

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Answer: B

The AP Statistics Exam expects you to not only conduct different tests, but also understand when to use each type of test. With this question, we can start by eliminating D and E; since we are not given information about either population’s standard deviation, we will have to conduct a t-test instead of a z-test.

Next, since we’re determining whether Brand A batteries last longer than Brand B batteries, our test should be one-sided. Had the question asked if there was a difference between the two brands, we would then use a two-sided test, since we’d want to know if Brand A lasts longer or shorter than Brand B. So, we can also eliminate answer choice C.

Finally, we need to determine if a paired or two-sample test would be more appropriate. Because the question told us that the batteries were tested independently, it’s better to use a two-sample test. Thus, the best answer choice is B.

Question 5

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Answer: A

The power of a test is the probability of correctly rejecting the null hypothesis when it is false. This question gives us the alternative hypothesis (\(H_{a}: \mu \lt 10\)), so if we reject the null hypothesis, this alternate hypothesis should be true.

Because answer choices C, D, and E all render the alternative hypothesis false (since the actual means would be greater than 10), they’re incorrect. Answer choice A is correct because it would result in a greater power than B, since 8 is even farther from 10 than 9 is.

Question 6

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Answer: E

Along with the different types of tests, the AP Statistics Exam expects you to know the different sampling and survey methods. In this case, the bank is surveying all of its employees, so we have a census. For these questions, answering by elimination is a useful strategy.

Choice A is incorrect because though observational studies cannot determine cause and effect relationships, they can still give important correlative data. Choice B is incorrect since it contains the word “causes” (again, observational studies cannot prove cause and effect). Choice C is incorrect since, though there wasn’t a random sample, this does not mean no useful information can be gained. In fact, since the whole population was surveyed, there is a lot of useful information that can be gathered because no generalizations have to be made.

Finally, choice D is incorrect since the entire population was surveyed, so there is no need to estimate the proportion of employees who participate in volunteer activities–the survey results will give an accurate proportion. This same reasoning is why answer choice E is correct.

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Question 7

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Answer: E

Multiple-select questions such as these are notoriously difficult. However, if we consider each statement separately, we should be able to determine the correct answer fairly easily.

The first statement should be true. If the experiment finds that the drug had no effect, that means we cannot reject the null hypothesis. This occurs when the p-value is greater than 0.05.

The second statement is also true. If there was an unequal number of experiments positive and negative values of drug effect, the data would indicate that the drug did have an effect (since the number of positive values would outweigh the number of negative values, or vice versa).

Finally, the third statement is correct. If 0 is included in a confidence interval, this is equivalent to saying that no change has occurred (because the drug effect could be 0).

Since all three statements are true, the answer is E.

Question 8

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Answer: A

For this question, we’ll need to pay close attention to the labels on the table. The answer is choice A since it says that owning a car makes you more likely to live elsewhere than downtown. Let’s analyze the data:

Proportion of individuals who own a car that live in the downtown area: 10/60

Proportion of individuals who own a car that live elsewhere in the city: 15/60

The reason both fractions are out of 60 is that we are only looking at people who own a car (and there are 60 such employees). So, since 15/60 > 10/60, people who own cars are more likely to live elsewhere than downtown.

B is not correct because the proportion of people who don’t own a car and live outside the city (25/140) is greater than the proportion of people who don’t own a car and live in the city (115/140).

C is not correct because of the 60 people who own a car, more live outside the city (35) than in the city (25).

D is not correct because there is an equal number of people living in the downtown area of the city vs. elsewhere in the city.

E is incorrect because more people do not own a car (140) than those who do (60).

Question 9

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Answer: D

For this question, we’ll need to use the following given formula:

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The margin of error is the part that includes the critical value multiplied by the standard deviation of the statistic.

To find the critical value, note that we have a 98% confidence interval. This means that the middle area is 98%, and thus the area to the left is 1%. The following diagram illustrates this:

So, to find the z-value, we can use the InvNorm function on the calculator, with an input of 0.01 (referring to the 1% on each side), to get that \(z=2.33\).

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Next, since we know the population proportion (79% of adults in the US use the internet), we can use the following formula to find the standard deviation of the statistic:

In this formula, \(\sigma _{\hat{p}}\) represents the standard deviation of the statistic, \(p\)represents the proportion of the population (adults in the US) who use the internet, and \(n\) represents the sample size, which we are trying to find.

Since \(p=0.79\), our standard deviation is \(\sqrt{\frac{.79(1-.79)}{n}}\).

Then, the correct answer is either D or E. But, we were given that the margin of error should be less than 2.5%, so answer D is the correct choice.

Question 10

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Answer: C

You might be tempted to analyze the possible outcomes to determine the most reasonable distribution and answer the question. While this method will certainly get you the right answer, a more simplified approach involves the process of elimination.

To start off, we can easily eliminate answer choices A, B, and E. This is because the difference between the red and green die can be a negative value.

Next, when choosing between C and D, note that with C, the middle values are more likely, and with D, all values are equally likely. But, let’s consider the outcomes 0 and 5.

For the outcome to be 0, we would need to have red – green be 0. This is possible when the red and green die show the same value, so we could have the following combinations:

Red: 1, Green: 1

Red: 2, Green: 2

Red: 3, Green: 3

Red: 4, Green: 4

Red: 5, Green: 5

Red: 6, Green: 6

For the outcome to be 5, we would need to have red – green be 5. This is only possible when we have that:

Red: 6, Green: 1

So, we can clearly see that getting a result of 0 is much more likely than a result of 5, and C is the correct answer choice.

Final Tips

Here are some final tips to guide you as you’re studying for the AP Statistics Exam:

1. Use your calculator

As you complete practice problems and practice exams, make sure to practice using your calculator! In most cases, a calculator will simplify a problem or make it much quicker to answer. So, ensuring that you’re comfortable using your calculator will ease the test-taking process. Because both the multiple-choice and free-response portions of the AP Statistics Exam depend more heavily on a calculator than other AP exams, you’ll want to brush up on your calculator skills prior to taking the test.

2. Read carefully

Though this is a useful tip for any exam, it’s especially important for the AP Statistics test. Remember, these problems are designed to trick you, and there are often major details hidden in the fine print. Practice active reading by underling, circling, or boxing key terms, numbers or other information.

Also, reading carefully is especially important with graphics. Pay close attention to the labels on any charts, plots, or tables, as these will be key in determining the correct answer.

Finally, here are some additional resources that might be helpful as you prepare for this exam:

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What is the hardest topic in AP Stats? ›

“AP Statistics students generally scored very well on questions about Units 1, 2, and 3, with ~18% of students answering all such questions correctly.” “The most challenging units were 4 (Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions) and 5 (Sampling Distributions).

Is AP Statistics AP exam hard? ›

While difficulty can be subjective, AP Statistics tends to prove challenging as both a course and exam, especially for students who lack experience in other advanced math courses like algebra II and calculus.

What percentage is a 5 on the AP Statistics exam? ›

AP Score Distributions
AP Calculus BC41.2%16.4%
AP Computer Science A27.3%10.4%
AP Computer Science Principles11.4%19.9%
AP Statistics14.8%16.5%
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Is it easy to get a 5 on AP Stats? ›

Getting a 5 takes careful content knowledge, targeted practice and dedicated studying. Only around 14% earn the top score for the AP® Statistics exam. To get a 5, start studying ASAP® and focus on applying concepts to specific situations.

What is the hardest AP to get a 5 on? ›

Top 10 Hardest AP Classes by Exam Pass Rate
AP Class/ExamPass Rate (3+)Perfect Score (5)
2. Environmental Science53.4%11.9%
3. Chemistry56.1%10.6%
4. U.S. Government and Politics57.5%15.5%
5. U.S. History58.7%13.0%
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What is the least taken AP exam? ›

Many of the least popular AP exams are world language tests, as these exams generally target a more niche group of students. What's more, some languages are less commonly taught at high schools than others (e.g., Japanese and Italian courses are rarer than Spanish courses).

Do colleges look at AP Statistics? ›

Also, when you apply to colleges, the most important part of your application will be your academic record. Colleges want to see that you have done well in challenging courses. Success in Advanced Placement courses such as AP Statistics is one significant way you can demonstrate your college readiness.

What is the hardest AP stat unit? ›

The most challenging units were 4 (Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions) and 5 (Sampling Distributions). 5% of students answered every question about these units correctly, and 5% of students answered no questions about these units correctly.

Should I take AP Stats if I'm bad at math? ›

Is AP Stats hard, even if I'm not good at math? While many of the people I've known in AP Stats were actually math geniuses, the subject itself doesn't require hardcore math. In fact, much of the subject is just analyzing data and plugging values into your calculator.

What is a 70 on an AP test? ›

Usually, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this rule of thumb. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale: 5: Extremely well qualified.

What is a 75 on an AP test? ›

AP Scale Grading
If you got a percentage of...If you got a raw score of... (For FINAL EXAM)Your letter Grade will be...
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What is the lowest AP pass rate? ›

Physics 1 has the lowest pass rate of any AP exam (43.3%) along with one of the lowest percentages of students scoring a 5 (just 7.9%). Physics 1 is an algebra-based physics class that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics, simple circuits, and mechanical waves.

What is a 50% on an AP test? ›

Here are the basics of the AP English exam: it has 55 multiple-choice questions, worth 45% of your score, and three essays, worth 55% of your score. Each essay is graded between 1 and 9.
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Can I self study AP Stats? ›

If you plan to self-study for the AP Statistics exam without taking an AP course, you may have a few more obstacles and challenges ahead. However, it is definitely doable. The biggest challenge will be not having a teacher introduce concepts and help you improve.

What is the most failed AP exam? ›

The most failed AP exams are Physics 1 (failed by 48.4% of all students), Environmental Science (failed by 46.6% of all students), and Chemistry (failed by 43.9% of all students). For a full chart of the hardest AP exams (those with the lowest passing rate), check out this site.

How many AP classes is too much? ›

Aim for four to eight AP exams in your junior and senior years. For competitive Ivy League schools, admission officers also want to see AP courses for core subject areas and additional courses. If possible, aim to pass about seven to 12 AP exams if applying to these highly selective schools.

Is AP or IB harder? ›

Is IB harder than AP? It depends. Some students argue that IB is more challenging because of the emphasis on critical thinking and the more application-focused evaluations. However, both IB and AP classes are considered college-level courses that many students find challenging.

What is the most liked AP class? ›

Most Popular AP Courses
  • AP English Language and Composition.
  • AP United States History.
  • AP Psychology.
  • AP Calculus AB.
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture.

Is it OK to fail an AP test? ›

What happens if you fail an AP exam? If you fail an AP exam, you will not receive college credit for that course. The good news is that a failed exam does not affect your GPA. In addition, you can retake the AP exam the next year.

What AP is most popular? ›

#1: AP English Language and Composition | 476,735 Students.

Do colleges prefer AP or honors? ›

Colleges like them both. Both honors and AP courses are rigorous courses that most high schools weight more heavily on your transcript. AP courses, however, culminate in the AP Exam. Good AP scores show colleges you are ready to succeed at college-level work and can even earn you college credits.

What AP score do you need for Ivy League? ›

In terms of Ivy League and Top 20 schools, even a 4 is a relatively low score to earn on an AP exam. It is routine for Ivy League admissions officers to review applications from students who have scored 5s on multiple AP tests.

Why is AP Stats hard? ›

There is a lot more emphasis on data comprehension and analysis and less on solving challenging equations. There is also more memorization required than for other AP math classes, although AP Stats still isn't considered a memorization-heavy AP class overall.

Is 5 APs too much? ›

You can definitely take 5 APs, but just make sure to stay on top of your work and spend a good amount of time studying to make sure you know the material.

How many people get a 5 on AP Calc? ›

The Pass Rate
AP Class/ExamPass Rate (3 or Higher)Perfect Score (5)
AP Calculus BC75.2%%38.3%
All AP Classes64.2%16.8%

What is the easiest AP exam? ›

Easiest AP exams by pass rate
  • AP French Language.
  • AP Government & Politics.
  • AP Italian Language.
  • AP Japanese Language.
  • AP Physics C Mechanics.
  • AP Research.
  • AP Seminar.
  • AP Spanish Language.
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What happens if you fail AP Stats? ›

Failing the AP® Statistics exam won't have any impact at all on your high school AP® Statistics I course grade. That grade is based on your academic year coursework. Your AP® exam scores don't come out until July, so your semester GPA will have already been recorded before you even know how you scored on the exam.

Is AP Statistics harder than college algebra? ›

Is statistics harder than algebra? Both statistics and algebra introduce abstract concepts, but the main difference in these classes is that the concepts introduced in statistics are harder to grasp at first than in algebra because they are less concrete and harder to visualize.

Do colleges prefer calculus or statistics? ›

But for many other students, calculus isn't the math course that will most help them—the right course often is statistics. But most admissions counselors have favored calculus (in many cases informally), the report says, and that hurts students.

Are AP Exams curved? ›

In other words, AP scores are not graded on a curve but instead calculated specifically to reflect consistency in scoring from year to year.

Is a B+ in an AP class good? ›

Colleges definitely prefer the B+ in an honors/AP class. Honestly, colleges don't give a crap about regular classes unless it is a mediocre or low quality college. Colleges will understand if you got a B+ in a harder class because it is harder and it is still almost an A.

What if I get a 2 on my AP Exam? ›

Students who earn AP scores of 2 are well prepared to succeed in introductory college coursework. Compared to academically similar college peers who did not take the AP course, AP students who earn scores of 2 perform as well or better when they take those introductory college courses.

What is a 92 on an AP Exam? ›

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What score out of 100 is an A? ›

An A is 90% to 100%; A B is 80% to 89%; A C is 70% to 79%; A D is 60% to 69%; and finally.

What is a B+ on the AP scale? ›

Honors English = B+ (3.8 x 1.0) = 3.8. Algebra II. = B+ (3.3 x 1.0) = 3.3. AP US History = B+ (4.3 x 1.0) = 4.3.

What grade is AP failing? ›

The College Board considers a score of 3 or higher a passing grade. That said, some colleges require a 4 or 5 to award credit. Whether a 3 is a good AP score depends on the colleges you're applying to.

How many AP classes should I take for Harvard? ›

Going up the selectivity chain, the average at Harvard is eight AP classes. To be competitive at some of the most highly selective colleges in the country, 8-12 AP courses may be the sweet spot amount, assuming the student can handle that level of rigor.

Is getting a 3 on an AP exam bad? ›

An AP® score of 3 is a respectable score. The College Board designates a 3 to be “qualified”. That means that you understood and executed the material to the point that you could pass the college class. While you did not receive the highest grade in the class, you did pass.

What is 67 percent on an AP? ›

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Raw ScoreTotal %AP Score
80-9353% to 62%3
68-7945% to 52%2
0-67Below 45%1
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What grade is 86 in AP? ›

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What GPA is an A in an AP class? ›

Many schools treat AP classes differently when calculating a student's grade point average (GPA). Rather than the traditional 4.0 scale, AP classes are weighted on a 5.0 scale — in an AP class, an A is equivalent to 5.0 instead of 4.0, and a B is equal to 4.0 instead of 3.0.

How do you not fail AP Stats test? ›

Top 10 AP Statistics Exam Tips
  1. 1: Clearly communicate your understanding.
  2. 2: Always include context in your answers.
  3. 3: Be precise in your language and vocabulary.
  4. 4: Use appropriate notation.
  5. 5: Do not rely on your calculator.
  6. 6: Manage your time.
  7. 7: Do not leave anything blank.
  8. 8: Know the formula sheet.
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How much homework does AP Stats give? ›

Statistics: Will require about 30-45 minutes of homework per night and additional time on weekends. Studio Art: Students will be required to produce 24 art works plus one essay in this course. Be prepared for at least one hour of homework per week night as well as weekend work.

What is the easiest AP math class? ›

AP Calculus BC has earned a reputation as an easy AP course because many of its students master the material. Most AP Calculus BC students perform at an advanced level — at least one year ahead of their high school class in math — helping them achieve a high pass rate.

Is it easy to get an A in AP Stats? ›

What Is the AP Statistics Pass Rate 2022? The AP Stats 2022 pass rate was slightly lower than the all-AP average, at 60%. The highest percentage of students received a passing 3 (24%), followed by a 1 (23%) and 4 (22%).

Do colleges look at self study AP? ›

Since your high school only offers 2 AP classes, self-studying for AP exams is a great way to show college admissions officers that you are willing to challenge yourself.

What is the hardest AP class to self study? ›

[8] AP Chemistry is rated as the hardest of all AP classes if you're self-studying, at 8.3 / 10.

What is the hardest statistics topic? ›

Expert Answer

The most difficult topic in statistical inference is the 'Test of hypothesis. ' The point where one has to actually figure out the null and alternative hypotheses is one of the crucial points.

What is the hardest AP subject? ›

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  1. AP Physics 1. Despite a reputation as one of the most difficult AP classes, Physics 1 is also one of the most popular—144,526 students took it in 2022. ...
  2. AP U.S. History. AP U.S. History is one of the hardest AP classes in the humanities and in general. ...
  3. AP United States Government and Politics.
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What is the hardest part of statistics? ›

As previously discussed, the hardest part of statistics is figuring out how to approach each problem. Once the correct logic is understood and correct formulas are selected to answer a certain problem type, the actual math computation is relatively easy and involves basic algebra and calculator skills.

Which AP class is harder? ›

United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests.

What is the hardest math topic ever? ›

Today's mathematicians would probably agree that the Riemann Hypothesis is the most significant open problem in all of math. It's one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems, with $1 million reward for its solution.

Is statistics harder than calculus? ›

At an advanced level, statistics is considered harder than calculus, but beginner-level statistics is much easier than beginner calculus. Frankly, it mostly depends upon the student's interest as some students find it hard to comprehend statistics while others find it hard to understand calculus.

Why is college statistics so hard? ›

Statistics is mandatory for many college programs. Learning it can be more difficult than other college math courses. This is due to the different concepts introduced in statistics, including descriptive and inferential statistics that are not typically used in other math courses.

What is the easiest AP to pass? ›

Top 10 Easiest AP Classes by Exam Pass Rate
  • Physics C: Mechanics. 84.3% 41.6%
  • Calculus BC. 81.6% 44.6%
  • Spanish Literature. 75.1% 17.6%
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism. 74.4% 40.4%
  • Physics 2. 73.3% 14.0%
  • Computer Science Principles. 71.6% 10.9%
  • Psychology. 71.3% 22.4%
  • Computer Science A. 70.4% 25.6%

Is stats harder than algebra? ›

Is statistics easier than college algebra? Algebra concepts are much easier to grasp, Stats concepts are harder to grasp but the work itself at an INTRO level stat class will be easier as most of it is just memorizing a bunch of formulas and plugging them in. Anything above intro stats would require knowing calculus.

Are statistics always 100%? ›

In​ statistics, results are always reported with​ 100% certainty. False. In statistics, results are not reported with​ 100% certainty. Because statistical studies draw on​ samples, and because there is variation within​ groups, results cannot be reported with​ 100% certainty.

Is there 100% in statistics? ›

0% and 100% Confidence Level

A 100% confidence level doesn't exist in statistics, unless you surveyed an entire population — and even then you probably couldn't be 100 percent sure that your survey wasn't open to some kind or error or bias.

Is 4 AP classes too little? ›

Depending on what kind of school you want to go to, you should be taking between 3 and 5 AP® classes this year. You will need to manage your time well, however, as you also need to study for the SAT® or ACT® during this time.

How many AP classes is impressive? ›

To be competitive at some of the most highly selective colleges in the country, 8-12 AP courses may be the sweet spot amount, assuming the student can handle that level of rigor. There are no colleges out there that require you to take 14, 17, or some other obscene number of Advanced Placement offerings.


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