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AP stat is hard?

ougnalaougnala Registered User Posts: 367 Member
edited December 2009 in AP Tests Preparation
My history teacher revealed the fact that AP stat has the lowest avg score out of all the subjects in the AP program.

What can be so hard about working with numbers and understanding the principles. Basically, isn't that class another version of economics?
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Replies to: AP stat is hard?

  • MIT 012MIT 012 Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    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.
  • ViviVivi Registered User Posts: 631 Member
    AP Stat is a pain in the backside, but word to the poster above me.
  • PKWsurf21PKWsurf21 Registered User Posts: 556 Member
    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
  • llpitchllpitch Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    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.
  • jtm2292jtm2292 Registered User Posts: 262 Junior Member
    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.
  • BrightRedBrightRed Registered User Posts: 508 Member
    Not hard, but so confusing.

    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.
  • TrinitrondelTrinitrondel Registered User Posts: 125 Junior 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.
  • shinichi1419shinichi1419 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    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.
  • daisymdaisym Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    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.
  • shinichi1419shinichi1419 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    TI-89 are not allowed on the testing room tho?
    Correct me if I'm wrong
  • IlDesiIlDesi Registered User Posts: 392 Member
    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.
  • MIT 012MIT 012 Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    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?
  • MASTER MENACEMASTER MENACE Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    I took it in 10th, now i'm a senior. Got a 4.

    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.
  • StudentAthlete08StudentAthlete08 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    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.

    The class isn't hard, just common sense.
  • BigWeightBigWeight Registered User Posts: 978 Member
    i hated it....least favorite class. i prolly got a 2 on the exam.
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