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, 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.
Performance Task Submission Deadline
This is the deadline for students to complete all required components of the Create performance task and submit as final in the AP Digital Portfolio.
Watch Recorded Webinar: Evaluating the Create PT Like an AP Reader
To gain additional skills and knowledge on how to read and score AP CSP student work like an AP reader, we invite you to watch the recorded webinar.
Student Webinar: Tips for Completing the Create Performance Task
Get students to watch the recorded webinar for tips on planning and completing the Create performance task. We will also review common mistakes students make.
Watch webinar recordings on Create performance task updates, digital portfolio updates, and course and exam updates.
Create Performance Task Walk-Through
Watch the recording of the Create Performance Task Walk-Through webinar, for guidance on task directions, task guidelines, and the submission process.
AP Computer Science Principles Student Handouts
Get detailed directions for completing the Create performance task and access the Exam Reference Sheet.
AP Computer Science Principles Exam Reference Sheet
This reference sheet is distributed to students for use during the end-of-course exam. It contains both block-based and text-based programming constructs and establishes a common way to communicate programming concepts.
AP Digital Portfolio
The AP Digital Portfolio page provides instructions on how to navigate the web-based application and review the submission status of students' Create performance task.
AP Classroom Resources
Access formative topic questions—including those to help scaffold the Create performance task written responses—summative practice questions, and AP Daily videos on each course topic.
The AP Computer Science Principles end-of-course exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.
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.
Scoring Information from the 2022 Exam
Past Exam Questions and Scoring Information
AP Computer Science Principles Past Exam Questions
View student samples and scoring information from past years.