5 Most (and Least) Popular AP Exams

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%

 

 

Blog Author: Ashley Zahn
Ashley joined C2 Education in 2008. Since then, she has been instrumental in developing C2 Education’s unique line of curriculum materials, helped hundreds of students through C2 Education’s college admission essay help service, and shared her expertise in the fields of education and college admissions through the C2 Education blog.