The Practice of Statistics, 5th Edition

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The Practice of Statistics is written specifically to address the College Board AP® Statistics Course Description. With new problem solving and test preparation features and a dramatically enhanced suite of media tools, the fifth edition provides everything teachers and students need to succeed in the course and on the AP® Statistics exam.


Reading Features That Highlight the Big Ideas

  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each section, help students focus on mastering essential skills and concepts as they work through the chapter.
  • Definition boxes explain important vocabulary and  are easily located for quick reference
  • Caution Icons alert students to common mistakes made at that specific point in the chapter.
  • Margin boxes explain how to set up graphs or calculations, or recap important concepts.
  • Think About It offers critical thinking questions that help students make connections and deepen their understanding of important concepts.
  • AP® Exam Tips give advice on how to be successful on the AP® Exam.


Learn Statistics by Doing Statistics

  • A Hands-On Activity introduces the content of each chapter. Many of these activities involve collecting data and drawing conclusions from the data. Others ask students to use dynamic applets to explore statistical concepts.
  • Data Explorations cast students in the role of data detective, with the goal of answering a puzzling, real-world question by examining data graphically and numerically.
  • Check Your Understanding questions throughout the section, help clarify definitions, concepts, and procedures (answers in the back of the book).



  • Examples present statistical ideas in familiar, recognizable contexts
  • Four-Step Examples (“State, Plan, Do, Conclude”) help students develop good problem-solving skills, setting the stage for the more complex problems like those on the AP Exam.
  • Each Example has a corresponding For Practice exercise in the Section Exercises, referenced to the page in the chapter where the appropriate model appears.
  • A Play icon in the text indicates that there is video walkthrough of the example available.



  • Section Summaries help students review the chapter before proceeding to the exercises
  • Exercises span differently levels of difficulty.  Most are in odd- and even-numbered pairs, with both exercises covering the same skill or concept.
    • Icons next to selected problems indicate:
    • The problem goes with an Example in the section
    • A step-by-step instructional video relevant to the problem is available
    • The problem draws on an earlier section in the text
    • The problem goes with one of the 4-Step Examples (“State, Plan, Do, Conclude”)