The AP Computer Science Principles Assessment

New Course Launch

AP CSP in Fall 2016

AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP CSP prepares students for college and career. Hear from teachers and students who have experienced the new course.

Assessment Overview

The AP Computer Science Principles Assessment consists of two parts: a through-course assessment and the end-of-course AP Exam. Both of these parts measure student achievement of the course learning objectives.

Through-Course Assessment

Two performance tasks make up the through-course assessment. The first task requires students to identify a computing innovation, explore its impact, and create a related computational artifact. The second task focuses on the collaborative and iterative process of programming. For the through-course assessment, students will upload digital artifacts, program code, and written responses via a Web-based digital application.

End-of-Course AP Exam

The end-of-course AP Exam is a paper-and-pencil written exam. It is 2 hours long and will include 74 multiple-choice questions, presented as either discrete questions or in sets. There are two types of multiple-choice questions:

  • Single-select multiple choice: Students select 1 answer from among 4 options
  • Multiple-select multiple choice: Students select 2 answers from among 4 options

On both the through-course assessment and the end-of-course exam, students will exhibit their achievement of the course learning objectives and their application of the computational thinking practices.

Students will receive a final exam score of 1–5, derived from their performance on both the through-course assessment and the end-of-course exam.

Assessment Format

Through-Course Assessment: 2 Performance Tasks | 40% of Overall AP Score

  • Task 1: Explore — Impact of Computing Innovations
    • Students explore the impacts of computing on social, economic, and cultural areas of our lives.
  • Task 2: Create — Applications from Ideas
    • Students create computational artifacts through the design and development of programs.

End-of-Course Exam: 74 Questions | 2 Hours | 60% of Overall AP Score

  • Single-select and multiple-select questions