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Important Updates

AP Computer Science Principles Updates for 2020-21
For the 2020-21 academic year we’ve made updates to the AP CSP course and exam to improve the course experience and better align AP CSP to introductory college courses in the subject. You can use the new Course and Exam Description starting fall 2020 to guide your instruction. Order a Course and Exam Description binder today.

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Exam Overview

The AP Computer Science Principles Exam assesses student understanding of the computational thinking practices and learning objectives outlined in the course framework. The AP Exam consists of the Create performance task and an end-of-course AP Exam. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Computer Science Principles Course and Exam Description.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Computer Science Principles student page for exam information and practice.

 

Exam Day Events

  • Event
    • FRI, APR 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

    Deadline to Submit AP Computer Science Principles Performance Tasks

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  • Event
    • Thu, May 13, 2021

    AP Computer Science Principles Exam Day 2021

    • 8 a.m. | 2 hrs

Exam Format

The AP Computer Science Principles Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials—won’t change.

Section I: End-of-Course Multiple-Choice Exam

70 Multiple-Choice Questions | 120 Minutes | 70% of Score | 4 answer options

  • 57 single-select multiple-choice
  • 5 single-select with reading passage about a computing innovation
  • 8 multiple-select multiple-choice: select 2 answers

Section II: Create Performance Task

30% of Score

Students will develop a computer program of their choice. Students need at least 12 hours of in-class time to complete.

2021: Pilot Sample Student Responses and Scoring Guidelines

For scoring guidelines and pilot sample student responses with accompanying scoring commentary to prepare for the 2021 exam, check out the table below.