Published: Feb 09, 2011 9:22 PM EST
Updated: Feb 09, 2011 6:22 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE- More Florida students are taking at least one Advanced Placement exam by the time they graduate, though many don't score high enough to earn college credit.

College Board results released Wednesday show that 65,741 seniors in 2010 had taken an Advanced Placement exam at some point during high school, and 33,712 scored a three or higher.

Most colleges require a three or four in order to earn course credit.

Overall, 43.5 percent of all Florida seniors had taken an AP exam, and 22.3 percent had scored at least a three on those tests. Nationwide, 16.9 percent of high school seniors had scored at least a three.

The number of Florida students taking AP exams has increased significantly over the last decade, with some 24,536 having taken a test by graduation in 2001.

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