More Wisconsin grads take AP exams

April 1, 2015

MADISON State education officials say more Wisconsin high school graduates are taking Advanced Placement exams and earning scores high enough for college credit.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's annual report on AP exam participation shows 34 percent of graduating seniors in 2014 took at least one exam. That's up from 19 percent of graduates a decade ago.

Twenty-four percent of those taking the exam earned at least a 3 on a 1 through 5 ranking. Colleges usually accept AP exam scores of 3 or higher for credit. In 2004, 13 percent of test-takers earned a 3 or better.

The Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the overall exam participation rate in Wisconsin is 33.6 percent, slightly below the national average of 35.7 percent.


Associated Press