2009 – Another Record Year for AP Exams

The College Board just posted its AP Report for the 2009.  Once again there was remarked growth in the Advanced Placement  program nationwide as 7% more students took 7% more AP exams than they did in 2008.  In 2009 there were 2,929,929 exams administered compared to 2.736,445 exams in 2008.

The growth of the AP program since 1999

The growth of the AP program since 1999

 

The greatest increases were Japanese Lang & Culture ( 36%), Human Geography (27%), and Environmental Science (20%).  There were only two AP exam that had a reduction in the number of exams from 2008 and those were Latin Vergil (-11%) and German Language (-5%).

Percent Change in Number of Exams from 2008 to 2009 by Exam

Percent Change in Number of Exams from 2008 to 2009 by Exam

The data shows that all across the country schools are increasing the size of their AP programs.  This is due to several factors:

  • Schools use the Advanced Placement Program to attract “open enrollment” students.  This means the more courses and the larger the program, the more attractive the school.
  • Some schools give weighted GPA points to AP courses, thus students take as many as they can to increase their GPA and class rank.
  • Students know that colleges, especially elite colleges, like to see that students have taken the challenging route through high school.
  • Students understand the tuition savings from receiving multiple “credits” before entering college.
  • Students are looking for increased challenges.

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