College board offers a college level stats course and exam which is commonly known as Advanced Placement Statistics or AP Stats. Advanced placement statistics subject is taken by many students who are really good in mathematics specially the data interpretation part. It takes a lot of practice and efforts to learn all the things in stats. Number of students who opt for stats are surely lower than other subjects such as English Language, English Literature or Calculus AB. Overall, it’s one of the top 10 courses which is taken by around 200K students.
There are number of books available in the market from famous publications like Barron’s or Kaplan. Everything provided in the latest editions is up to date and totally according to the latest syllabus and pattern. Before taking or planning to take the AP course, you must understand and be very clear as how are you going to approach the course in months. You gotta attend extra classes along with regular classes. If you are taking more than one AP exam then time management will play a crucial role. We will talk more about this later.
Here is the list of best prep books for AP Statistics exam preparation :
- Barron’s AP Statistics, 7th Edition by Marty Sternstein
- Cracking the AP Statistics Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
- Kaplan AP Statistics 2014 (Kaplan Test Prep) by Bruce Simmons
- AP® Statistics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course) by Michael D’Alessio, Advanced Placement and Statistics Study Guides
- Master Math: AP Statistics by Gerry McAfee
The structure of the exam is very simple. It’s a 3 hour duration test which is conducted mostly in the month of may every year. There are two section namely Multiple Choice questions and Free response questions. Both section of the exam are weighted equally.
The best part is that you don’t need to remember any formulas. Every formulas that you can use in the exam is given. Formulas from probability, descriptive stats, inferential stats and few important tables are also given. There are 40 multiple choice questions and 6 response type questions that you have to attempt. There is no negative marking now a days. Keep checking the college boards website regarding latest updates if any.
If you have planned to appear for more than one AP exam then you have to work very hard. As it’s a college level course, you need to put extra time and effort to score a perfect 5 to earn the max placement credits. Only 12% people in 2013 scored a perfect 5. Get the above books and start your preparation. Best of luck.