AP 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 Structures - 20 - 40%
  • Logic - 05 - 15%
  • Algorithms/Problem Solving - 25 - 45%
  • Object-Oriented Programming - 15 - 25%
  • Recursion - 05 - 15%
  • Software Engineering - 02 - 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.

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
  • Approximate AP Scale Grading
    • Approximate Score of 5: 92% or higher - A+, 85% or higher - A, 77% or higher - A-
    • Approximate Score of 4: 71% or higher - B+, 65% or higher - B, 58% or higher - B-
    • Approximate Score of 3: 53% or higher - C+, 50% or higher - C, 46% or higher - C-
    • Approximate Score of 2: 42% or higher - D+, 38% or higher - D, 36% or higher - D-

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
  • 2016 Global Mean:
  • 2017 Global Mean: