AP COMPUTER SCIENCE AThe Course

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Free 2015 Exam for Classroom Use
An AP Computer Science A Exam administered in 2015 is available through your AP Course Audit account, along with an answer key, scoring notes, and a scoring worksheet.

Course Overview

The AP Computer Science A course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using the Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.

Essential Course Resources

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Meet the current Development Committee for AP Computer Science A.