AP Statistics Self-Study and Home School

#self-study

#mcq

#frqs

#vocab

#tipsandtricks

โฑ๏ธย ย 3 min read

written by

Harrison Burnside

harrison burnside

my avatar

(editor)

November 18, 2020


Overview ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

If you are reading this, you are probably considering self-studying for this exam ๐Ÿ˜ฌ If you are afraid of doing so because you donโ€™t know anything about it, we got you!

Letโ€™s dive into all about AP Statistics ๐Ÿฅณ

The Exam Format ๐Ÿค”

MCQ Section ๐Ÿง

The AP Statistics exam is formatted relatively similar to any other AP Exam. When you walk into the exam, the first section you will be given is the multiple-choice section of the exam ๐Ÿ“Ž On the AP Stats exam, you will have:

  • 40 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions ๐Ÿ˜‰)

  • 90 Minutes (a.k.a 1.5 hours) to solve those MCQs โœ…

    • That math works out to about 2 minutes and 10 seconds per question โŒ›

The MCQ section of the AP Stats exam is worth 50% of your exam score. Like most other AP MCQs, the AP Stats MCQ has 5๏ธโƒฃ choices, A through E to choose from, with each question having only one correct answer.

FRQ Section โœ๏ธ

The second and final section on the exam is the free-response questions. You'll receive 90 minutes to answer 6 FRQs, including one special Investigative Task ๐Ÿค” The AP Stats exam has two parts to the FRQ section. Courtesy of the College Board Website ๐Ÿ’ป, the free-response question will include:

  1. Multipart question with a primary focus on collecting data ๐Ÿ”Ž

  2. Multipart question with a primary focus on exploring data โ˜๏ธ + โœŒ๏ธ

  3. Multipart question with a primary focus on probability ๐ŸŽฒ and sampling distributions ๐Ÿ“Š

  4. Question with a primary focus on inference โš–๏ธ

  5. Question that combines 2 or 3 skills from the first four questions โž•

The last section of your FRQ is called an investigative task ๐Ÿค” This question assesses 2 or 3 skills from the first four questions and asks you to apply your statistical skills to new contexts or in non-routine ways.

Free-response questions, like the MCQs, are worth 50% of your total exam score, with the first five 5๏ธโƒฃ questions worth 37.5% and the last investigative task worth 12.5% overall!

Check out the MCQ Help for AP Stats

Get a Practice Book ๐Ÿ““

Barronโ€™s and The Princeton Review are the two prep book companies that adequately prepare you for the exam, varying in the way they deliver information and the format they use.

The books act as a good source of practice with a detailed explanation for every answer. The books will also provide you with tips about how to approach each type of question.

Understand Key Vocabulary ๐Ÿ—ƒ๏ธ

While you taking this course, identify the words you donโ€™t understand and write them ๐Ÿ“ down on a sheet of paper, or even better, make a quizlet.That way you will be able to review these words before your exam ๐Ÿ˜„

Don't know what quizlets to use or where to start? Check out: AP Statsโ€”Best Quizlets by Unit

Review Previous Exams ๐Ÿ“

Another good way to prepare for the exam ๐Ÿ“ is by looking at previous exams, which are posted on the College Board website. Reading through FRQ โœ๏ธ sample answers will help you know what mistakes not to make. Make sure to check out our list of all of the released FRQ past prompts so you can practice for your exam.

Want to learn more about how to get a five 5๏ธโƒฃ? Check out: AP Statsโ€”How to Get a 5

Final Tips ๐Ÿ’ก

The most important thing you need to remember is to pay for your exam on time. Also, talk with your school to know if they do any โ€œpractice weekโ€ before the exam.

You got this ๐ŸŽ‰

Fiveable

Join Our Community

Fiveable Community students are already meeting new friends, starting study groups, and sharing tons of opportunities for other high schoolers. Soon the Fiveable Community will be on a totally new platform where you can share, save, and organize your learning links and lead study groups among other students!๐ŸŽ‰

Fiveable Logo

2550 north lake drive
suite 2
milwaukee, wi 53211

92% of Fiveable students earned a 3 or higher on their 2020 AP Exams.

*apยฎ and advanced placementยฎ are registered trademarks of the college board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

ยฉ fiveable 2020 | all rights reserved.