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 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%).
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.