The exam is approximately three hours long and has two parts – multiple choice and free response. Each section of the exam is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

The portion of the exam covering each course topic area is:

  • Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns (20%–30%)
  • Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study (10%–15%)
  • Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation (20%–30%)
  • Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses (30%–40%)

Section I: Multiple Choice — 1 hour and 30 minutes

The multiple choice questions will cover the topics listed above.

Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response — 6 questions; 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • 5 short-answer questions asking you to relate two or more different content areas through a response or solution to a statistics or probability problem
  • 1 investigative task asking you to demonstrate your understanding of a variety of topics, and your ability to integrate statistical ideas and apply them in a new context or an unusual way.

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