Many more public school students in North Carolina took Advanced Placement exams last year, when the state started paying test fees.
AP test-takers in the state jumped nearly 19 percent from the year before, to 67,678, according to the College Board, the nonprofit corporation that administers the tests. Legislators put money in last year’s budget to pay testing fees for all students.
The tests are scored from 1 to 5, and many colleges and universities offer credit for scores of 3 and higher.
The number of tests taken increased 19.1 percent, and the number of scores of 3 to 5 increased 9 percent, according to the College Board.