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MHS students excel at Advanced Placement exams

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion High School students’ hard work and dedication has earned them success on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams. MHS students took 16 different AP exams in 2019, and 88 of them passed at least one exam, while 47 of those passed multiple exams — both numbers up from 2018.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.  A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2019 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2019 AP exams at MHS:
  • 88 students passed one or more AP exams
  • MHS students passed 16 different exams: Biology; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D and Studio Art Design 3D. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 4 to 64.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio and Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 86.4 percent and 70 percent global passing rates, respectively. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 93.8 percent of MHS students who took the Computer Science Principals exam passed; this surpasses the 73.3 percent global passing rate
  • 92.3 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 81 percent global passing rate.
  • 90.6 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 58.4 percent global passing rate.
  • 73.9 percent of MHS students who took the Chemistry exam passed; this surpasses the 55.6 percent global passing rate.
  • 73.1 percent of the MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 64.7 percent global passing rate.
Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, check out the enrollment section of our website.