Is there a specific citation format students must use?

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No. While students are required to provide attributions through at least three inline citations in their responses, no specific citation style is required. MLA, APA, or IEEE would be appropriate to use for the works-cited list. Students can denote inline citations and references in any manner, even if the style of inline citations used in responses does not follow an official format (e.g., MLA, APA, IEEE). Samples of the performance tasks with student responses and commentary are available on the AP CSP Exam page.