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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

RankNumber Tests TakenSubjectPercentage of Test-Takers Scoring 4+
5216,944U.S. Government and
Politics
25%
4223,444Calculus AB40.1%
3325,108English Literature and
Composition
24.2%
2366,641U.S. History30.8%
1390,754English Language and
Composition
28.6%

 

5 Least Popular AP Exams

RankNumber Tests TakenSubjectPercentage of Test-Takers Scoring 4+
515,803Comparative Government and
Politics
38.3%
415,649Music Theory35.3%
314,045Physics C: Electricity and
Magnetism
52.9%
213,098Studio Art: Drawing34.9%
13,261Studio Art: 3-D Design28.2%