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AP® Statistics Mock Exam

Apr 22, 2023 - 8:30 AM
to Apr 22, 2023 - 2:30 PM

AP® Statistics Mock Exam

The Department of Statistics at Iowa State University will host our inaugural AP® Statistics Mock Exam on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023.

This event is a free opportunity available to students and teachers. The Students will complete the mock exam, which is collaboratively written by experienced AP® Statistics Exam Leaders and Readers (i.e., scorers), and will receive a score on a 5-point scale. A “mini-reading” will occur on-site the day of the event. Teachers learn how the exams are graded, are trained to grade a free-response question, and work in pairs to grade the questions on the mock exam. Teachers have permission to use the mock exam questions in their classes in future years.

An AP® Statistics Instructor must attend in order for their students to participate. However, if there are no students attending from a school, their AP® Statistics Instructor is still welcome to join us.


Special Guests

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Barb Barnett (AP® Statistics Chief Reader) and Dr. Ann Cannon (Assistant Chief Reader) are tentatively attending our event! They will work with teachers as we grade the mock exams together.



Students scoring in the top 20% on the AP® Statistics Mock Exam will be entered into a random drawing for a $500 scholarship to Iowa State University as a Statistics Major.


Tentative Schedule of Events

 StudentsReaders (statistics teachers)
8:30amArrive at Snedecor Hall

Arrive & Sign In at Snedecor Hall

(distribute name tags to students)

8:45amSeated in Snedecor Hall 3105Coffee & Snacks in Snedecor Hall
9:00amFree Response TestTraining on Free Response Rubric
10:30amWater BreakGrade Free Response Questions (Free Lunch)
11amMultiple Choice Test

Free Lunch

-Presentation by Statistics Faculty and Students

1:30pmActivity TBA




To participate in the mock exam, teachers should register here:

If you have a child who would like to participate in the mock exam but is not currently enrolled in an AP® Statistics course (e.g., is home-schooled) or is enrolled but their class is not planning to attend the mock exam, please email Laura Ziegler at


We would like to thank our sponsors:  JMP®, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ISU, and the Department of Statistics at ISU.



Dr. Laura Ziegler (Teaching Professor, Department of Statistics, ISU)

Dr. Michelle Larson (Retired Statistics Instructor)

Dr. Anna Peterson (Teaching Professor, Department of Statistics, ISU)



If you have any questions, please contact Laura Ziegler at


Department of Statistics' History with AP® Statistics

Many faculty members and students in our department have been heavily involved in the AP® Statistics community at the national level.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Ken Koehler was chair of the Department of Statistics at ISU 2002-2014. He was part of an AP® Statistics organizational meeting in the summer of 1996.  In 1997, he was a Table Leader at the first Reading. He served as the Chair of the AP® Statistics Development Committee from 2005-2010.  Ken attended all but a few of the readings between 1997 and 2022.  He was the Chief Reader 2019-2022.

Dr. Barb Barnett graduated with her Ph.D. in Statistics and Curriculum & Instruction at ISU in 1999. She attended her first AP® Statistics Reading in 2004. She previously served as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader. This summer (2023), she will be the Chief Reader.

Dr. Ann Cannon graduated with her Ph.D. in Statistics at ISU in 1994. She has attended all but one AP® Statistics Readings since 2000. Ann has been the Assistant Chief Reader since 2015. She has also been a content developer and accuracy checker for The Practice of Statistics (an AP® Statistics book by Daren Starnes and Josh Tabor).

Professor Emeritus Dr. Bob Stevenson started grading AP® Statistics exams in 1998. Since then, he has served as a member and co-chair of the Test Development Committee as well as presented Beyond AP® Statistics sessions at conferences.

Current faculty Dr. Laura Ziegler and Dr. Anna Peterson have served in various leadership positions (Question Leader and Rubric Team Member respectively).

We are excited to become more involved in the AP® Statistics community at the local level. We want to connect with our local high school teachers and provide them with assistance as they grow in their teaching careers. Further, we want to help high school students succeed in learning statistics.


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