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Table E-23-1.  Percentage of test-taking students receiving a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, by subject, sex and race/ethnicity: May 2010

Sex and race/ethnicity All AP exams1 Biology Calculus AB Chemistry English literature and composition U.S. History
Total2 57.5 48.7 55.1 54.1 57.2 52.5
Sex            
Male 61.2 55.5 59.8 60.2 57.4 56.7
Female 54.5 43.8 50.1 47.2 57.1 48.9
             
Race/ethnicity            
White 63.2 53.0 59.6 56.1 66.1 59.2
Black 26.6 19.3 24.4 22.7 24.4 24.7
Hispanic 42.2 25.0 34.4 29.0 33.6 30.3
Asian/Pacific Islander 66.0 60.2 61.6 66.3 63.0 62.4
American Indian/Alaska Native 44.2 31.1 42.2 34.7 43.7 36.7
             
Race/ethnicity by sex            
Male            
White 66.6 60.0 64.0 62.3 66.0 63.1
Black 28.5 23.2 27.9 28.5 23.4 26.2
Hispanic 44.0 31.6 40.6 35.3 33.8 34.3
Asian/Pacific Islander 68.7 65.4 64.9 70.6 61.8 64.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 48.3 35.7 49.5 43.4 43.1 42.4
             
Female            
White 60.3 48.0 54.7 48.7 66.2 55.7
Black 25.4 17.1 21.9 18.6 24.8 23.8
Hispanic 40.9 20.3 28.2 22.4 33.4 27.2
Asian/Pacific Islander 63.4 55.9 58.4 61.6 63.8 60.3
American Indian/Alaska Native 41.0 27.6 34.3 23.3 44.0 32.0
1Estimates reflect the percentage of students who received a score of 3 or higher on any AP exam, including subject areas not presented in this table.            
2Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.            
NOTE: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English literature and composition, and U.S. history are some of the most frequently taken AP exams (The College Board 2005). The scores for all AP examinations range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. Data reported are for all students who completed an AP exam. The College Board collects racial/ethnic information based on the following categories: American Indian/Alaskan, Asian/Asian American, Black or African American/Afro-American, Latino (Chicano/Mexican, Puerto Rican, Other Latino), White, and Other. Black or African American refers to test-takers who identified themselves as Black or African American/Afro-American, and Hispanic or Latino refers to the sum of all Latino subgroups. Separate estimates for Asians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were not available. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: The College Board, Advanced Placement Program, National Summary Report,2010.
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