High school psychology enrollment and exam statistics

AP and IB psychology, as well as introductory psychology

Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology

  • 198,863 students took the AP Psychology exam in 2011. 

  • In 2011, 4,428 schools were authorized to include the AP designation for their psychology courses.

(Source: W. Tinkler, College Board, personal communication, July 5, 2011)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Psychology

  • So far in 2011, 16,123 IB Psychology exams have been taken worldwide. In the United States, there have been 9,654 candidates for the IB Psychology exam from 445 schools.

  • By volume, the IB Psychology exam ranks 12th worldwide and 8th in the United States.

(Source: IB Policy and Research Department)

Including regular psychology 

  • Recent data from the College Board indicates that 27% of high school graduates took at least one psychology course during their 4 years in high school.

(Source: College Board Research & Development, 2011)