AP® Statistics A

Course Description

Studying statistics will help you better understand how to collect and analyze data as well as how to read experiments and studies with a more critical eye. AP® Statistics is part of a two-semester course sequence. Completing both courses will prepare you for the College Board Advanced Placement exam and for taking statistics at the university level. The first semester focuses on collecting and presenting data, probability, and how to conduct surveys, studies, and experiments. The second semester focuses on sampling distributions, confidence intervals, tests of significance, and review of Semester A topics. The practice of statistics is a useful tool to better understand the world around us, and therefore the concepts are presented in a context of real-world scenarios.

Advanced Placement (AP®) courses are equivalent to college-level courses. We highly recommend that you read the College Board’s AP® Statistics Course Overviewand AP® Statistics Course Description before beginning this course.

Required Course Materials

  • Math notebook– a composition notebook or spiral notebook for note taking
  • Pencils or Pens
  • Graphing calculator
  • Internet access
  • Adobe Reader or similar program for viewing pdf documents
  • Scanner or digital camera for uploading student work
  • These items may be easily found at home and will be required for some activities and graded assignments:
      - A jar of coins
      - Two number cubes (also known as dice)

Course Organization

Each semester consists of:

  • 12 Graded Assignments
  • 1 final exam (taken in-person)

You must take and pass each semester’s final exam to receive credit for the course. After taking the semester B exam, you may take the AP® Statistics exam offered by the CollegeBoard, but it is not required to receive credit for the course from UT High School.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: Multiple-choice
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, graphing calculator

Semester Topics

For detailed information on the structure of the AP® Statistics course, please view the full syllabus.