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For AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) and AP Capstone, students must submit performance tasks to the AP Program using the AP Digital Portfolio, a Web-based application. You will use this application to create your class(es) and to either score or confirm (depending on the course) student work before it is submitted to the College Board for validation.

The majority of institutions that offer AP CSP obtain access to the AP Digital Portfolio by participating in the AP Course Audit. If your institution or organization is not able to participate in the course audit, please complete the AP Digital Portfolio Access Request Form to obtain access to the AP Digital Portfolio.

AP Capstone Teachers

Download the AP Digital Portfolio—Teacher User Guide for AP Capstone (.pdf/1.95MB) for detailed instructions on creating classes, managing teams, scoring student work, and more.

Download the AP Digital Portfolio—Student User Guide for AP Capstone (.pdf/1MB).

AP Computer Science Principles Teachers

For the through-course assessment, students will create digital artifacts—some examples include programs, digital art, or video—accompanied by a written response and upload them in the AP Digital Portfolio.

The following steps must be completed to ensure students' performance tasks can be sent to the College Board for scoring.

  1. Enroll students in your class section(s)

  2. Instruct students to indicate end-of-course exam intent

  3. Instruct students to enter the AP number in the AP Digital Portfolio

  4. Ensure that students submit their performance tasks as final by clicking the “Submit Final” button

Students are not allowed to collaborate at all on any portion of the Explore performance task, or on the written response or video for the Create performance task. Share the Assessment Overview and Performance Task Directions for Students document with your students. Ensure that students attest to the following on the AP Digital Portfolio:

Download the AP Digital Portfolio Teacher User Guide for AP Computer Science Principles (.pdf/1.73MB) for instructions on how to log in, create classes, and upload performance tasks on the AP Digital Portfolio.

Download the AP Digital Portfolio Student User Guide for AP Computer Science Principles (.pdf/1.01MB).

Share AP Digital Portfolio Video for AP Computer Science Principles

The video highlights the steps students must take in the AP Digital Portfolio

 

Important Timelines and Processes for Teachers

Fall

  • Create your AP Computer Science Principles, AP Research, or AP Seminar class(es) in the AP Digital Portfolio.
  • Make sure that students have successfully accessed the AP Digital Portfolio and that they have enrolled in the correct class (e.g., 4th Period AP Seminar with Mr. Smith).

December

AP Capstone Teachers Only

  • Begin online scoring training

January

AP Capstone Teachers Only

  • Establish and communicate a firm deadline for students to submit final performance tasks to you, so that you are able to score all presentations by the April 30 deadline.

AP Seminar Teachers Only

  • Receive source materials from the College Board to help students complete the Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation for AP Seminar.

By April 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET

AP Research or AP Seminar

  • Score students' presentations.
  • Check the AP Digital Portfolio to confirm that:
    • Students have entered their AP number
    • Students have submitted their written performance tasks as final by clicking the “Submit Final” button

AP CSP

  • Students must complete the following tasks on the AP Digital Portfolio:
    • Indicate intent to take the end-of-course exam
    • Enter their AP number
    • Submit performance tasks as final by clicking the “Submit Final” button

Note: It is likely that there will be a higher volume of simultaneous submissions as the April 30th, 11:59 p.m. ET deadline approaches, which means that it may take longer for student submissions to upload in the AP Digital Portfolio. So that your students don’t risk missing the deadline, strongly advise them to build extra time to prepare the upload and submit. Students should not wait until the last minute to upload their performance tasks as final.

May

  • Administration of end-of-course exam for AP Seminar and AP CSP.

Note: There is no end-of-course exam for AP Research.

For More Information

  • Full instructions are available in the AP Capstone and AP CSP User Guides and in the Help section within the AP Digital Portfolio.
  • For AP CSP email apcsp@collegeboard.org

Technical Requirements and Recommendations

  • Browsers: Latest version of Chrome, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Samsung
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, 8.1, 10; Mac OS X; Chrome OS; Android 6, 7; or iOS
  • Devices: Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, or Mobile