AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLESThe Exam

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Important Updates

Scoring Guidelines and Notes for the 2018 exam administration
We have revised the Scoring Guidelines and Notes for the 2018 exam administration to improve teachers’ experience with instruction and student scoring.  Note that the performance tasks have not changed.  Access the revised AP CSP Scoring Guidelines and Notes.  

Attend a Webinar: Revised AP CSP Scoring Guidelines
Attend a live webinar to learn about the changes to the AP CSP scoring guidelines – September 14 at 3:00 PM EST and at 6:00 PM EST. A link to the recorded event will post a few days after the live event for those who are not able to participate. 

Register for the 3:00 PM EST webinar.

Register for the 6:00 PM EST webinar.

  • Event
    • Mon, Apr 30, 2018

    AP Computer Science Principles Performance Tasks Due

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  • Event
    • Fri, May 11, 2018

    AP Computer Science Principles Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 2 hrs

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Format

Two Performance Tasks | 40% of Overall AP Score

  • Explore — Impact of Computing Innovations | 16% | 8 hours
  • Create — Applications from Ideas | 24% | 12 hours

The Explore performance task focuses specifically on the creation of a computer program through the collaborative and iterative process of programming.

The Create performance task requires students to identify a computing innovation, explore its impact, and create a related digital artifact – ex. digital art, video – accompanied by a written response.

Students need to submit their final performance tasks on the AP Digital Portfolio by April 30.

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

  • Single-select and multiple-select questions

The AP Computer Science Principles Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.05MB) includes complete information about the performance tasks and the end-of-course exam.

 

Scoring Guidelines and Notes for the 2018 Exam Administration

For the 2018 AP CSP exam administration, we will use the Scoring Guidelines and Notes from the table below to score students’ work. Student responses from the 2017 exam administration, which include artifacts from the Explore task and videos from the Create task, have been rescored using the 2018 Scoring Guidelines and Notes.  These student responses and scoring commentaries will post on the site in late August. 

Explore – Sample Responses

Create – Sample Responses

Scoring Guidelines and Notes

Commentary

To come in late August

To come in late August

Explore: Scoring Guidelines and Notes

Create: Scoring Guidelines and Notes

To come in late August

Sample Responses and Scoring Information

Student sample responses from the 2017 exam administration, along with scoring information, will be posted on the table below this fall.

You can also use student responses and scoring guidelines from the 2016 pilot reading to promote discussion with your students about the requirements of the tasks.

Students cannot submit these samples to the College Board for scoring purposes.

 

Explore – Sample Responses

Create – Sample Responses

Scoring

Commentary

Score Distribution

   

Explore: Scoring Guidelines

Create: Scoring Guidelines

   

Explore – Sample Responses

Create – Sample Responses

Scoring

Commentary

Score Distribution

Sample A: High Score

Sample B has been removed

Sample C: Medium Score

Sample D: Medium Score

Sample E: Low Score

Sample A: High Score

Sample B: Medium Score

Sample C: Low Score

Explore: Scoring Guidelines

Create: Scoring Guidelines

Explore: Student Performance Q&A

Create: Student Performance Q&A

Explore: High Score

Explore: Medium Score

Explore: Low Score

Create

 

Assessment Resources

AP Digital Portfolio