Is AP Statistics Hard?

Is the Exam Difficult?

Like with any course, the exam can be difficult if you do not put the work in. Since this class is mathematics, you will need to know how to take what you have learned over the course and apply it on the exam. So long as you practice these skills and expose yourself to different types of problems then you will be well prepared for the exam. With proper preparation, the exam will be easy.

What will be on the Exam?

The exam will be on the 9 units covered during the course. The units are:

  1. Exploring One-Variable Data
  2. Exploring Two-Variable Data
  3. Collecting Data
  4. Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
  5. Sampling Distributions
  6. Inference for Categorical Data: Proportions
  7. Inference for Quantitative Data: Means
  8. Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square
  9. Inference for Quantitative Data: Slopes

What Skills are Required to Pass?

In order to pass the exam for AP Statistics you will need to master a few skills. You will need to be able to select the correct method for collecting and analyzing data. After you’ve collected and analyzed that data, you should be able to describe trends, patterns, and relationships in the data. You should be able to use probability and simulations to describe probability distributions and define uncertainty in statistical inference. After learning all those skills, you should be able to apply them and use statistical reasoning to draw appropriate conclusions from the date and justify any claims you are making regarding it.

How to Tackle the Test?

The AP Statistics is given in two parts. Part one is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and consists of 40 multiple choice questions. This section accounts for 50% of your exam grade. Part 2 is 1 hour and 30 minutes long as well, but it is only 6 questions long. They are written free response questions. his sections accounts for the other 50% of your final exam score.

The best advice is to go through all the questions and answer what you know first for each section. One the free response section look at all the questions and determine what you can work through quickly and effectively. The sixth question is worth 25% of the section score, so do not save it for last. This question will take a fair amount of time and it is better to start working on it immediately after finishing any easy questions in the section. A good strategy would be to complete question 1 in the section and then go to question 6 then finish the remaining four questions based off of their difficulty.

Do not ramble or waste time erasing things. Use concise language, use statistical terms you are certain you understand, and answer as much as you can. Partial credit is better than nothing. Even if you do not know exactly what the answer to the problem is, just keep working through it and explain or show how you would solve it anyways.

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