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Table 11. Advanced Placement examinations, student performance, and participation, by sex: Selected school years, 1996–97 through 2009–10
 
School year Total examinations   Percentage of all exams scoring a 3 or above   Student participation
Total   Male   Female
Total Male Female Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
1996–97 899,463   64.5 67.0 62.2   566,720 100.0   253,269 44.7   313,451 55.3
1997–98 991,952   64.1 66.9 61.7   618,257 100.0   275,160 44.5   343,097 55.5
1998–99 1,122,414   63.5 66.6 60.9   685,981 100.0   305,501 44.5   380,480 55.5
1999–00 1,242,324   63.7 66.7 61.0   747,922 100.0   332,731 44.5   415,191 55.5
2000–01 1,380,146   61.3 64.8 58.3   820,880 100.0   363,793 44.3   457,087 55.7
2001–02 1,548,999   63.1 66.4 60.4   913,251 100.0   402,565 44.1   510,686 55.9
2002–03 1,705,207   61.5 65.0 58.6   998,329 100.0   438,935 44.0   559,394 56.0
2003–04 1,852,700   61.3 64.7 58.8   1,081,102 100.0   473,296 43.8   607,806 56.2
2004–05 2,065,045   59.4 63.0 56.4   1,197,439 100.0   520,795 43.5   676,644 56.5
2005–06 2,266,038   59.4 63.2 56.3   1,312,523 100.0   571,387 43.5   741,136 56.5
2006–07 2,476,962   59.0 62.5 56.1   1,432,169 100.0   623,663 43.5   808,506 56.5
2007–08 2,674,296   57.4 61.1 54.3   1,546,020 100.0   674,299 43.6   871,721 56.4
2008–09 2,860,912   58.5 62.4 55.2   1,653,962 100.0   724,627 43.8   929,335 56.2
2009–10 3,134,686   57.5 61.2 54.5   1,802,144 100.0   792,448 44.0   1,009,696 56.0
NOTE: The grades for all AP examinations range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.                            
SOURCE: The College Board, AP Program National Summary Reports, 1997–2010.

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