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February 12, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Students soar in A.P. Chinese, struggle in chemistry, biology

Twelfth-grade students Sohrab Pasikhani, left, and Bridgette LaFaye work in their Advanced Placement Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. Photo by Charles Dharapak / The Associated Press.

Twelfth-grade students Sohrab Pasikhani, left, and Bridgette LaFaye work in their Advanced Placement physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. Photo by Charles Dharapak / The Associated Press.

The number of high-school students taking college-level Advanced Placement courses continues to climb in Washington state and across the nation.

Nationally, the number of A.P. test takers broke the one million mark for the first time in 2013, according to a report released on Tuesday by the College Board. That’s up from about 954,000 in 2012, and 514,000 in 2003.

In Washington state, about 22,000 students — equal to a third of the class of 2013 — took at least one A.P exam last year, about 1,000 students more than the year before.

The state’s A.P. success rate rose, too, with 20.9 percent of the class of 2013 earning a score of 3 or better, which is good enough to earn credit at many colleges. In 2012, about 20 percent did.

But there were big differences in the performance from test to test, and among different ethnic groups.

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