The AP Computer Science A Exam is approximately 3 hours long and has two parts – multiple choice questions and free response questions. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

The multiple choice section contains 40 questions, lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, and contains questions based on both the AP Computer Science A course outline and the AP GridWorld Case Study. The free response section consists of 4 questions and lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

You will not be tested on minor points of syntax on the exam. All exam code is consistent with the AP Java subset. All questions involving code should be answered in Java. The exam also includes a quick references to both the case and the AP Computer Science A subset of classes.

You can use the free response questions and scoring guidelines below as you prepare for the AP Exam. Please note that the free response questions from 2001 – 2003 used C++ and are provided to demonstrate the topics and techniques that were used in these exams.

Multiple Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, please refer to the AP Computer Science A Course Description, which can be found in the blue, Exam Resources inlay to the right.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

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The following resources contain the remaining available Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines for the AP Computer Science A Exam. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to Sign-Up.

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2002

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2001

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