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Why isn't a "4" the cutoff for passing an AP test?

thisisfine2020thisisfine2020 Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
Legitimate question here. The lowest raw score for a 4 on most AP tests is usually around high 50-60 something%. That's already failing by grade scale standards, so why is 3 (definitely <50% right) considered the minimum for passing?

Replies to: Why isn't a &quot;4&quot; the cutoff for passing an AP test?

  • STEM2017STEM2017 Registered User Posts: 3,794 Senior Member
    Seems like the tests results are graded on a scale. Back in 2013, these were the percentages needed to achieve a 5 on each of the subject's test...

    Art History: 71%
    Biology: 63%
    Calculus AB: 63%
    Calculus BC: 63%
    Chemistry: 67%
    Computer Science A: 77%
    English Language and Composition: 75%
    English Literature and Composition: 76%
    Environmental Science: 71%
    European History: 66%
    French Language: 80%
    German Language: 86%
    Comparative Government & Politics: 70%
    US Government and Politics: 77%
    Human Geography: 61%
    Latin: Vergil: 69%
    Music Theory: 70%
    Macroeconomics: 81%
    Microeconomics: 83%
    Physics B: 62%
    Physics C: Mechanics: 55%
    Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism: 59%
    Psychology: 75%
    Spanish Language: 78%
    Spanish Literature: 76%
    Statistics: 63%
    US History: 61%
    World History 64%

    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!
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