AP Computer Science A Exam Structure

Part 1 - Multiple Choice - 1 hr 30 minutes - 50% of Score

  • 40 multiple choice questions with 5 choices for each question
  • 2 Minutes 15 Seconds Per Question

Classification Category
Percent of MC Items 
Programming Fundamentals
55 - 75%
Data Structures20 - 40%
Logic05 - 15%
Algorithms/Problem Solving25 - 45%
Object-Oriented Programming15 - 25%
Recursion05 - 15%
Software Engineering02 - 10%

Part 2 - Free Response - 1 hr 30 minutes - 50% of Score

  • 4 free response questions covering several different topics worth 9 points each
  • 22 Minutes 30 Seconds Per Question

During the AP Computer Science A Test - Each student will be given a APCS A Quick Reference guide which details many of the tested methods and the case study code .


Grading of the APCS Test

Multiple Choice

Number Correct out of 40 = MC SCORE

Free Response

Q1 Points + Q2 Points + Q3 Points + Q4 Points = Raw Score

Raw Score * 1.11 = FR SCORE

FINAL SCORE = MC SCORE + FR SCORE


Approximate Scoring Rubric

  • Score of 5: 62–80
  • Score of 4: 47–61
  • Score of 3: 37–46
  • Score of 2: 29–36
  • Score of 1: 00–28
Actual Scoring Average
  • 2009 Global Mean: 39.3
  • 2010 Global Mean: 42.9
  • 2011 Global Mean: 41.8
  • 2012 Global Mean: 42.9
  • 2013 Global Mean: 41.7
  • 2014 Global Mean: 39.4
  • 2015 Global Mean: 41.3