AP Computer Science Principles

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About the Exam

The AP Computer Science Principles Exam has two parts: the Create performance task—which you’ll complete over the course of the year and submit online for scoring through the AP Digital Portfolio—and the end-of-course multiple-choice exam. Both measure your proficiency in and grasp of the course practices and content, and both contribute to your final AP score on a scale of 1–5.

Exam Dates

  • Fri, Apr 30, 2021,
    11:59 PM ET

    AP Computer Science Principles Create Performance Task Due Date

    You must submit your final Create AP Computer Science Principles performance task via the AP Digital Portfolio by this time.

  • Thu, May 13, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    AP Computer Science Principles Exam

    This is the regularly scheduled date for the AP Computer Science Principles Exam.

Exam Components

12hrs 30% of Score

For this part of the exam, you’ll develop a computer program of your choice: one that solves a problem, enables an innovation, or helps you express personal interests.

You’ll be given a minimum of 12 hours of in-class time to complete the task. You’ll submit these items through the AP Digital Portfolio application for scoring:

  • A video of your program running
  • Individual written responses about your program and development process
  • Program code

2hrs 70 multiple-choice questions, 4 answer options, 70% of Score

The end-of-course multiple-choice exam is a paper-and-pencil written exam. It contains three types of multiple-choice questions:

  • Single-select multiple-choice: You select 1 answer from 4 options
  • Single-select with reading passage about a computing innovation: You select 1 answer from 4 options.
  • Multiple-select multiple-choice: You select 2 answers from 4 options

How We Score Your Work

The Create performance task, like the end-of-course exam given in May, is scored by the College Board. The scoring is done by trained, experienced educators called AP Readers.

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