AP Computer Science Principals

Big Ideas

  • Creativity
  • Abstraction
  • Data and Information
  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • The Internet
  • Global Impact

Computational Thinking Practices

  • Connecting computing
  • Creating computational artifacts
  • Abstracting
  • Analyzing problems and artifacts
  • Communicating
  • Collaborating


Computer Science: The New Literacy

Whether it’s 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world. Computer science experience has become an imperative for today’s students and the workforce of tomorrow.

The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.


Rigorously Developed

In development since 2008, AP Computer Science Principles was created with significant support from the National Science Foundation. The College Board worked with more than 50 leading high school and higher education computer science educators who piloted the course at their institutions. This rigorous process of development and testing has yielded a course that not only reflects the latest scholarship in the field, but provides students with a relevant and engaging learning experience.

Over 90 colleges and universities have stated their support for the course, with the majority anticipating they will award college credit for high exam scores.



AP Computer Science Principals


Code.org- AP Computer Science Principals Syllabus

Mr. Burrill's Course Syllabus

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Code Studio - App Lab - Blown to Bits - Nimbus Screencast

AP Computer Science Principles Test

May 11, 2018 @ High Noon in the Large Gym

The end-of-course AP Exam is a paper-and-pencil written exam. It is 2 hours long and includes approximately 74 multiple-choice questions. There are two types of multiple-choice questions:

  • Single Select Multiple-Choice: you select 1 answer from among 4 options
  • Multiple Select Multiple-Choice: you select 2 answers from among 4 options



You should bring the following items to the exam room:

  • Photo ID (School or California ID) You will not be allowed to take your exam without an ID.
  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for all multiple-choice answer sheets. No pencils will be provided.
  • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams. No pens will be provided.
  • Up to two calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking an AP Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. (Visit www.collegeboard.com/apstudents to learn more about the calculator policy for each of these exams, and for a list of authorized calculators.) 
  • AP Biology students may bring a four-function calculator (with square root)  or a scientific/graphing calculator.
  • A ruler or straightedge if you are taking an AP Physics Exam
  • Your social security number for identification purposes (optional). If you provide it, the number will appear on your AP Grade Reports.


You SHOULD NOT bring the following to the exam room:

  • NO Cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, e-mail/messaging devices, and any other electronic or communication devices. College Board states: If a student is seen using any electronic or communication device (cell phones, etc.) in the exam room or during the break, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed.
  • No Watches of any type.
  • NO Books, compasses, colored pencils*, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters*, or notes
  • NO Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above)
  • NO Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets)
  • NO Computers* or calculators (except as noted above)
  • NO Portable listening* or recording devices (even with headphones) or photographic equipment
  • NO Food or drink*
  • NO Clothing with subject-related information

You are required to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your exam: 7:30 a.m. for the morning administration and 11:40 p.m. for the afternoon administration. Students may not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended; do not ask to leave early if you finish before the end of the exam. If you play a sport or have a job, it is your responsibility to inform your coach or employer of your AP Exam obligation, and arrangements should be made accordingly.

Get a good night’s rest before your exam, and eat a nutritious breakfast. You are allowed to bring a snack and beverage for your 10-minute break (keep it in your bag). However, food and drink are prohibited in the exam room. It is advisable to bring a sweater, in case the room temperature is below your comfort level.  

You are required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and West Ranch High School during the exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your AP Exam grade. If you decide not to take an exam, please inform us as soon as possible prior to the test administration.

Be sure to review the 2017-2018 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents that you received. If you don’t have it, you may pick up a copy from the counseling office. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. Good luck!

Your scores will be available online in July. Make sure to set up an account through the College Board,www.collegeboard.com/apstudents . After setting up an account go to: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores to find out when you can access your scores in July.

Evening Review Sessions Room 513- 7-8:30pm

Thursday May 3- Units 1 and 2

Monday May 7- Units 3 and 4

College Board Course Exam and Description-

AP Computer science principles terms flash cards

Albert Review

Preparing for the AP Exam- 2 Practice Tests W/ Answers - Noted Errors for this Review

Codehs.com Review Exam and Practice Questions- Need to Sign-in For An Account (Class Code = 522D8)

AP Practice Exam

Review Practice AP Questions 1
Review Practice AP Questions 2

Code.org Practice AP Test

Night Review #1- PDF File

Night Review #2- PDF File

Another Review Test With Answer


Post AP Test Material