AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) is unique from other AP courses and exams in a number of ways, which impacts your role as an AP coordinator.
- The AP CSP assessment consists of 2 parts:
- A through-course assessment composed of 2 performance tasks that students complete in class, with 20 hours of in-class instruction time.
- A 2-hour end-of-course paper and pencil exam with 74 multiple-choice questions that are administered in May. Check the AP Exam schedule.
- Students submit their performance tasks in the AP Digital Portfolio, a web-based platform. As the AP coordinator, you have the ability to monitor the activity in the digital portfolio, and you'll need to perform a few tasks connected to the digital portfolio before the performance task submission deadline of April 30, 11:59 p.m. ET.
Role of the AP Coordinator
If you are an AP coordinator in a school that is offering AP CSP, you need to take the following steps to ensure students are set up to submit performance tasks and take the end-of-course exam.
New! The process for ordering AP CSP Exams has been made easier with the 2019-20 changes to the AP Program.
AP coordinators order AP CSP Exams along with all other AP Exams in AP Registration and Ordering. Schools no longer need to order preadministration materials. The new AP ID labels for 2019-20 eliminate the need for preadministration materials or Student Packs.
With our new processes, the AP Digital Portfolio is directly linked to AP Registration and Ordering. When students enroll in an AP CSP class section in My AP, their enrollment will carry over to the AP Digital Portfolio. An AP ID will be assigned to the student through My AP and will also carry over to the AP Digital Portfolio. This eliminates the need for students to log in to the AP Digital Portfolio separately to enter an AP number.
Because exam orders for AP CSP students are created in AP Registration and Ordering, AP coordinators no longer need to check a student exam intent indicator in the AP Digital Portfolio before placing their exam order. For more information about AP Registration and Ordering, see Accessing and Using AP Registration and Ordering.
Share Resources with Students
With the new process for 2019-20, students no longer need to indicate intent to take the end-of-course exam or enter their AP number. Students must submit their performance tasks as final by clicking the Submit Final button in the AP Digital Portfolio by April 30, 11:59 p.m. ET.
It is likely that there will be a higher volume of simultaneous submissions as the 11:59 p.m. ET deadline approaches, which means that it may take longer for student submissions to upload in the AP Digital Portfolio. So that students don’t risk missing the deadline, strongly advise them to build extra time to prepare the upload and submit. Students should not wait until the last minute to upload their performance tasks as final in the AP Digital Portfolio.
Supporting Independent Study and Homeschooled Students
If your school supports independent study or homeschooled students who want to take an AP CSP End-of-Course Exam without participating in an AP CSP class at school, as an AP coordinator you need to:
- New! Create an exam only class section in AP Registration and Ordering and provide the appropriate join code to students so they can enroll. This step needs to be done before you can order exams.
- Give students all the necessary information and directions for enrollment and submission of work in the AP Digital Portfolio.
Supporting Students taking AP CSP Online
Some students may be taking an AP CSP class through an online provider. If these students want to take an AP CSP End-of-Course Exam at your school, as an AP coordinator you need to:
- New! Create an exam only section in AP Registration and Ordering and give students the appropriate join code so they can enroll.
- Administer the end-of-course exam.
Supporting Students with Disabilities
Accommodations are available for the AP CSP End-of-Course Exam for students who have been approved for testing accommodations by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Typical accommodations include braille and large-print exams, extended time, use of a computer for essays (in applicable AP courses), and extra breaks. These are not the only accommodations available—College Board will consider all requests for students with documented disabilities.
AP and SSD coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the correct accommodations are in place every time students with approved accommodations take a College Board exam, including AP CSP. Find out more.
The AP Digital Portfolio conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (Level A and AA success criteria) and is compatible with screen readers like JAWS in browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Important Tasks and Timelines
- The AP Digital Portfolio system opens this month. Teachers who complete the AP Course Audit for AP CSP will have access to the AP Digital Portfolio to create online classrooms and enroll their students.
- April 30, 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline for students to complete all required tasks for final submission of the through-course assessment in the AP Digital Portfolio.
May 15, 2020
- AP coordinators administer the AP CSP End-of-Course Exam. (See 2020 exam schedule)
Planning is the key to a successful exam administration. Contact AP Services for Educators early in 2020 if you need assistance with any aspect of administering the AP Computer Science Principles Exam.
AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1 2019-20
This manual provides detailed information about everything AP coordinators need to do from the start of the school year through the November 15 exam ordering deadline.
AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 2019-20
This manual provides detailed information about the AP Exam administration and returning and paying for exams.