Utah ranked ninth in the nation for percentage of students passing AP examinations in 2007, with nearly one out of every five public high school seniors in the state passing at least one AP exam, according to data released today by the College Board.

The 4th Annual AP Report to the Nation noted 14,096 Utah students took a total of 22,609 AP exams in 2007 and that 14,891 of those tests came in with a score of 3, 4 or 5, good enough to earn college credit. That gave the state's public school students an overall pass rate of 65.9 percent, compared to the national pass rate of 57.2 percent.