AP Test Scores In Wisconsin Rank Above National Average

About 40K High School Students In State Took AP Exams In May

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According to the College Board, Wisconsin high school students are scoring higher than the national average on Advanced Placement exams.

AP courses are college-level classes in topics ranging from European History to Environmental Science. Students can take AP exams at the end of the year to earn college credit.

In Wisconsin, 41,398 high school juniors and seniors in the state took Advanced Placement exams this May, an increase of about 8 percent from last year. Those students took a cumulative of 70,007 exams.

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About 70 percent of the state’s test scores qualified for credit at most colleges, surpassing the national average of 58 percent.

University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Ryan Wenberg took an AP literature course in high school. He said earning college credit isn’t the only benefit of the courses.

“The amount of reading and papers and writing and all that expected in that class really prepared me for the level of stuff I have to do here in college,” Wenberg said.

About 2.5 million students around the country took a total of 4.5 million AP exams in 2015. Participation nationally in the program is up 6 percent.

Wisconsin high school students were also recently recognized for their achievement on the ACT college prep exam: The state’s average score ranks second in the nation.