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The number of students who take the psychology Advanced Placement exam has exploded in high schools, overtaking the chemistry and physics exams and closing in on biology. More than 2 million students take AP exams every year for college credit or advanced standing.


Increase in AP exams, 1999-2007

 

1999

2001

2003

2005

2007

Biology

82,592

92,254

103,944

121,446

144,796

Chemistry

48,899

55,406

65,698

78,453

97,136

Environmental Science

9,209

18,880

29,906

38,104

52,416

Physics

49,206

59,760

71,436

81,653

92,396

Psychology

28,291

42,978

62,666

87,207

116,128

Source: The College Board