AP Stat is unfortunately not something that emphasizes math or the
numbers. It is focused on memorization of keywords and definitions that
have to be used in your answers. Any deviations and you can get
penalized substantially.
AP stats is not hard. I was the only junior who took it in my school (and the only one in my school to get a 5) and the rest of the class were senior kids who were too lazy to take calc. Learning in that kind those types of conditions with unmotivated students is what pulls down the average AP grade for the course, especially when they ask unmotivated seniors to take a standardized test in May, after they were already accepted into their college
AP stats is not hard. I was the only junior who took it in my school (and the only one in my school to get a 5) and the rest of the class were senior kids who were too lazy to take calc.
ROFL that's EXACTLY what my class was like. I was the only junior and the only one to get a 5 because the seniors were lazy.
the thing is, its INTENSIVE rather than extensive. Meaning there isn't much to know (relative to history or science). But the thing is, you better know your stuff WELL.
You have to know when to use a t-test, a z-test, a matched-pairs test, a chi-square test, etc. and there are DIFFERENT conditions you got to check for every one of those.
When we took the practice AP exam a few weeks before the actual one, everyone in the class (maybe 30 or so people) got one question wrong because they used the wrong test. It was awful.
The math was easy. It's basically poking a few buttons on your calculator and looking up the corresponding numbers on the table.
TrinitrondelPosts: 125Registered UserJunior Member
MIT 012, I disagree completely with you about AP statistics being about memorization.
I understand where you're coming from though. A lot of people get through class by memorizing the steps needed to carry out t-tests, z-tests, chi-tests, etc. But if you understand the concepts behind the tests, there is no need to memorize because it'll all just make sense. Then again, the difficulty of the AP tests depends completely on how well your teacher taught the class.
I took it and got a 4 .
The class I wouldn't say was hard, but it was a lot of materials, a lot of tests you have to learn. I'm a person who really loves math and Stat is nothing like math to me .. It's just a lot of data comprehension and analysis and sometimes, you can even argue it back and forth, there's no concrete answer for everything ... like I usually do to teacher .. which is why I disliked it.
But it was the only "math" class left in my high school for me to take, so that's why I took it.
I loved stats. I got a five and I was a senior. I'm the kind of person who needs to see practical applications when doing something, so I understood stats. Interpreting your data is important in stats... it's not just can you get the answer, but can you explain what that means in the situation. Yeah, you need to know what test to use, but like Trinitrondel said, if you know your stuff then it's really not hard to do. My TI-89 was my bff in stats.
I got a 5 and didn't really memorize anything except the conditions. The formulas for the tests are easy if you can derive them from (stat-parameter)/sd of stat.
Regarding Post #8:
The statistical tests are the easy part and I agree they were fun as well.
The AP stat parts that require memorization are the terms and
their precise descriptive usage which is what you get penalized
on if used loosely. Getting a 5 is not the point I was trying to
get across, it was the lack of "enjoyment" in getting a 5.
Somewhat like USH?
Stat's is way different. Not this concrete math stuff. You need to LEARN stuff and know it, and EXPLAIN it. It's like history fact based+math class together. Gotta know the facts and the math part to do good in it.
I took AP Statistics during the Spring at my high school (senior year) this past year and got a 84% (B) in the class, did pretty much no work and learned only the necessary functions and tests for the AP exam.
I studied for 2 hours the night before, and believe me I am not a good math student (did not even take Calc in high school!)...I got a 4 on this exam. I walked out of there thinking I did ok, but then realized that a 4 is something like 54% correct and I was fine.
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numbers. It is focused on memorization of keywords and definitions that
have to be used in your answers. Any deviations and you can get
penalized substantially.
ROFL that's EXACTLY what my class was like. I was the only junior and the only one to get a 5 because the seniors were lazy.
You have to know when to use a t-test, a z-test, a matched-pairs test, a chi-square test, etc. and there are DIFFERENT conditions you got to check for every one of those.
When we took the practice AP exam a few weeks before the actual one, everyone in the class (maybe 30 or so people) got one question wrong because they used the wrong test. It was awful.
The math was easy. It's basically poking a few buttons on your calculator and looking up the corresponding numbers on the table.
I understand where you're coming from though. A lot of people get through class by memorizing the steps needed to carry out t-tests, z-tests, chi-tests, etc. But if you understand the concepts behind the tests, there is no need to memorize because it'll all just make sense. Then again, the difficulty of the AP tests depends completely on how well your teacher taught the class.
The class I wouldn't say was hard, but it was a lot of materials, a lot of tests you have to learn. I'm a person who really loves math and Stat is nothing like math to me .. It's just a lot of data comprehension and analysis and sometimes, you can even argue it back and forth, there's no concrete answer for everything ... like I usually do to teacher .. which is why I disliked it.
But it was the only "math" class left in my high school for me to take, so that's why I took it.
Correct me if I'm wrong
The statistical tests are the easy part and I agree they were fun as well.
The AP stat parts that require memorization are the terms and
their precise descriptive usage which is what you get penalized
on if used loosely. Getting a 5 is not the point I was trying to
get across, it was the lack of "enjoyment" in getting a 5.
Somewhat like USH?
But got a 5 on ap calc ab.
Stat's is way different. Not this concrete math stuff. You need to LEARN stuff and know it, and EXPLAIN it. It's like history fact based+math class together. Gotta know the facts and the math part to do good in it.
I studied for 2 hours the night before, and believe me I am not a good math student (did not even take Calc in high school!)...I got a 4 on this exam. I walked out of there thinking I did ok, but then realized that a 4 is something like 54% correct and I was fine.
The class isn't hard, just common sense.