# What challenges do AP Statistics often bring to students?

4 November, 2020

#### Overview of AP Statistics

Many undergraduate majors require students to complete AP Statistics courses to accumulate credit in the first year. But what challenges do AP Statistics often bring to students?

AP Statistics can be said to be an introductory course, introducing students to the main concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from a database. Students develop their understanding by using technology, investigating, and problem solving by exploring concepts such as variation and distribution, patterns and uncertainties, and predictions, decisions and conclusions based on data.

The skills you will learn at AP Statistics:

• Select method of income or data analysis.
• Descriptions of patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in the data.
• Using probability and simulation to describe probability distributions and uncertainties in statistical reasoning.
• Use statistical reasoning to draw appropriate conclusions and justify claims.

#### What challenges do AP Statistics often bring to students?

Usually, AP Statistics will not be as difficult as other subjects in the AP program so students sometimes underestimate its difficulty. The course requires much less initial thinking than AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC. If you like abstract reasoning, AP Statistics will disappoint you, so you soon feel depressed and gradually bring difficulties while studying. However, if you are interested in applying Math to real life, AP Statistics is extremely interesting.

The part that often gets the most difficult for students is determining what to do with equations and when to use one over another. This is especially true for all formulas for standard deviations. Similarly, knowing the difference between tests (squared, t, z, linear regression…) can be confusing.

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However, AP Statistics will have a “reward” for you, that is you don’t need to memorize formulas and can use graphs every day. You want to make AP Statistics no longer a concern, create graphs to help you determine which equations correspond to which tests and vice versa.

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