5 Most (and Least) Popular AP Exams

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Ever wonder which subjects are the most and least popular for AP exams? Based on College Board data, here’s your answer! (Note: Because languages are so specialized and require several prerequisite courses, we did not include foreign languages on this list.)

5 Most Popular AP Exams

Rank Number Tests Taken Subject Percentage of Test-Takers Scoring 4+
5 216,944 U.S. Government and
Politics
25%
4 223,444 Calculus AB 40.1%
3 325,108 English Literature and
Composition
24.2%
2 366,641 U.S. History 30.8%
1 390,754 English Language and
Composition
28.6%

 

5 Least Popular AP Exams

Rank Number Tests Taken Subject Percentage of Test-Takers Scoring 4+
5 15,803 Comparative Government and
Politics
38.3%
4 15,649 Music Theory 35.3%
3 14,045 Physics C: Electricity and
Magnetism
52.9%
2 13,098 Studio Art: Drawing 34.9%
1 3,261 Studio Art: 3-D Design 28.2%