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Washington students taking, passing more AP exams

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington students are taking and passing more Advanced Placement exams. The College Board reports nearly a third of the Washington state class of 2011 took at least one AP exam. Not only did participation in these college ready classes and exams increase by 866 students, but students also are passing more AP tests.

About 18 percent of last year's seniors got a good enough score to have a chance at college credit for at least one AP test. AP exams are offered in 34 subjects and are given each May.

The most popular AP exams in Washington state are English language, U.S. history, English literature and calculus. Washington ranks 17th in the nation for the greatest number of 12th graders scoring three or greater on AP exams. Maryland is first at 27.9 percent.