USBE: Utah students rank fifth in nation for success on AP exams

Utah’s class of 2021 took 39,500 AP exams during their secondary school years and earned college credit with a score of 3, 4 or 5 67.7 percent of the time, tying Utah with Pennsylvania for fifth highest passing rate in the nation, according to data released by College Board. Only South Dakota (68.7 percent), New Hampshire (68.6 percent), New Jersey (68.3), and Connecticut (68.1 percent) did better, the College Board noted.

Of the 44,660 members of the class of 2021, 14,361 took an AP exam; 10,155 of them – or 22.7 percent of the class – did well enough to earn college credit, College Board Reported.

“We are pleased to see our students stretching themselves academically and succeeding” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson. “We look forward to next year’s results in light of the just passed House Bill 390 which offers assistance to students who are struggling financially to take AP exams and enroll in early college and concurrent enrollment programs.”

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Here more results released by College Board:

Utah’s Most Popular AP Exams in 2021

# Exam Taken% 3, 4, 5
English Language/Composition4,80968.1
Human Geography4,55464.4
United States History4,19162.7
World History: Modern2,68262.9
Calculus AB2,58664.3
English Literature/Composition2,52864.3
U.S. Government & Politics1,91167.8

Utah Student Participation in AP Exams

Number Taking Exams9.77712,50414,27114,361
Number Scoring 3 or Higher6,8618,6119,75610,155
% Graduates Scoring 3 or Higher22.222.122.622.7