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Table 1. Percentage distribution of academic year 2003–2004 high school seniors who completed at least one Advanced Placement (AP) examination, by examination subject: 2006

Examination subject Completed at least one AP examination   Did not take an AP examination
Total  18.3   81.7
       
Mathematics1  7.4   92.6
Science2  6.2   93.8
English3  9.4   90.6
Social Science4  11.0   89.0
Foreign Language5  2.7   97.3
Other6  1.0   99.0
1The Mathematics examinations offered include: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Statistics.
2 The Science examinations offered include: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, Physics B, Physics C: E&M, Physics C: Mechanical, and Environmental Science.
3 The English examinations offered include: English Literature & Composition, and English Language & Composition.
4 The Social Science examinations offered include: Comparative Government and Politics, European History, Art History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, US Government & Politics, US History, Human Geography, and World History.
5 The Foreign Language examinations offered include: French Language, French Literature, German Language, Latin/Vergil, Latin Literature, Spanish Language, and Spanish Literature.
6 The Other examinations offered include: Music Theory, Studio Art: Drawing, Studio Art: 2-D Design, and Studio Art: 3-D Design.
NOTE: AP examinations are developed and administered by The College Board. Not all high schools offer all AP courses in each of these subject areas, but students can apply to take any of the AP examinations in any of the areas. Details may not sum to total because students could take more than one AP examination at a time.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), “Second Follow-up, 2006.”


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