Number of AP tests taken
Over the last 5 years, the number of AP tests taken have increased in Chicago by 108% (17,523 AP exams in 2008, up from 8,433 in 2004). This is great for high achieving that would like to earn some college credit before they go off to college. The increase is part of giving all high school students access to taking the AP classes and exams. This could throw the majority of the results to one direction. Not every student is capable of taking AP classes alone the test. In fact, only 1/3 of the students actually earned a 3 or better on their AP tests, which is the required score to earn some college credit. Even if the student does not get the minimum score to earn college credit, they would still see how fast a college course runs.