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Open to: Grades 9 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of Algebra II

Course Format: Individually Paced

Course Length: Typically 6 Months

Recommended School Credit: This is equivalent to a full AP Statistics course.

Course Code: STA

Course Description


This AP Statistics course is an online and individually-paced course covering topics in Probability, Regression Analysis, and Sampling Distributions. While taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics exam is not required, this course prepares students to succeed on the AP Statistics exam and subsequent courses that draw on material from this course. Computer based interactives and homework assignments help to reinforce concepts taught in the course.

Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course. Students can contact their instructor via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Students will learn statistics by reading from the textbook, watching online videos, interacting with online resources, and solving many practice problems through homework and quizzes.

Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, quizzes, projects, chapter exams, a midterm exam, and a cumulative final. Exams contain both multiple choice and free response questions modeled after the AP Statistics exam.  Instructors use virtual classroom software allowing video, voice, text, screen sharing and whiteboard interaction.

This course has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.

Topics include:

  • Exploring data
  • Modelling distributions of data
  • Describing relationships
  • Designing studies
  • Probability
  • Random variables
  • Sampling distributions
  • Estimating with confidence
  • Testing a claim
  • Comparing two populations or groups
  • Inference for distributions of categorical data
  • More about regression

For a detailed list of topics, click the "List of Topics" tab.

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Materials Needed

A textbook will be required for this course:

The Practice of Statistics, 4th edition, by Daren S. Starnes; Dan Yates; David S. Moore

  • ISBN-10: 1-4292-4559-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-4559-3

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In addition, a graphing calculator is required, such as:

  • TI-83 PLUS
  • TI-84 PLUS
  • TI-85
  • TI-86
  • TI-89*


To see a full list of allowable calculators, visit the College Board website to view the AP Statistics calculator policy.

Full List of Topics

List of Topics

Chapter 1: Exploring Data

  • Analyzing Categorical Data
  • Displaying Quantitative Data with Graphs
  • Describing Quantitative Data with Numbers

Chapter 2: Modeling Distributions of Data

  • Describing Location in a Distribution
  • Normal Distributions

Chapter 3: Describing Relationships

  • Scatterplots and Correlation
  • Least-Squares Regression

Chapter 4: Designing Studies

  • Sampling and Surveys
  • Experiments
  • Using Studies Wisely

Chapter 5: Probability: What Are the Chances?

  • Randomness, Probability, and Simulation
  • Probability Rules
  • Conditional Probability and Independence

Chapter 6: Random Variables

  • Discrete and Continuous Random Variables
  • Transforming and Combining Random Variables
  • Binomial and Geometric Random Variables

Chapter 7: Sampling Distributions

  • What Is a Sampling Distribution?
  • Sample Proportions
  • Sample Means

Chapter 8: Estimating with Confidence

  • Confidence Intervals: The Basics
  • Estimating a Population Proportion
  • Estimating a Population Mean

Chapter 9: Testing a Claim

  • Significance Tests: The Basics
  • Tests about a Population Proportion
  • Tests about a Population Mean

Chapter 10: Comparing Two Populations or Groups

  • Comparing Two Proportions
  • Comparing Two Means

Chapter 11: Inference for Distributions of Categorical Data

  • Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Tests
  • Inference for Relationships

Chapter 12: More about Regression

  • Inference for Linear Regression
  • Transforming to Achieve Linearity


Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.



Sample Video Lectures

Sample Video

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