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The AP Computer Science A Exam

Exam Overview

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A EXAM: 3 HOURS

The exam covers fundamentals of object-oriented programming in Java typically taught in a first-semester college course. Both sections of the exam require students to demonstrate their ability to design, write, analyze, and document programs and subprograms. The exam emphasizes programming in Java, programming methodology (including recursion), and procedural abstraction. It also includes algorithms, data structures, and data abstraction.

All code on the AP Computer Science A Exam is consistent with the AP Java subset that can be found in Appendix A of the Course Description. All questions involving code should be answered in Java. Students are not tested on minor points of syntax.

For more information, download the revised AP Computer Science Course Description, which includes the update to the curricular requirement along with a description of the characteristics of an AP-level computer science lab component.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice | 40 Questions | 75 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Discrete Questions

Section II: Free Response | 4 Questions | 105 Minutes | 50%of Exam Score

  • Short Answer (each requiring Java programming language)

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions implementing Java, refer to the AP Computer Science Course Description (.pdf/800KB).

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Computer Science A Exams.

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2015: Free-Response Questions
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2014: Free-Response Questions
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2013: Free-Response Questions
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2012: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Free-Response Questions
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2010: Free-Response Questions
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2008: Free-Response Questions 

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2007: Free-Response Questions

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2006: Free-Response Questions

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2004: Free-Response Questions

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2003: Free-Response Questions

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2003: Free-Response Questions

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