Hey 👋 So, you're probably wondering if you should take AP Computer Science Principles 💻 Let's talk about it.
AP Computer Science Principles is the equivalent of a semester-long intro to computer science course. AP CSP encompasses five big ideas, one performance task, and an AP exam with zero pre-requisites 🥳
As long as you review the required content and practice, you will do extremely well. Many students take AP CSP as one of their first APs and deem it as one of the "easier" AP subjects.
For the MCQ section, you will be given:
57 "single-select" questions
5 "single-select reading passage" questions
8 "multi-select" questions
This section is weighted at 70% of your exam score.
📝Read: AP Computer Science Principles - Multiple Choice Tips
The other 30% of your exam score will come from Section 2, so make sure to check out all of our information about the Create PT 💾 (Performance Task):
📝Read: AP Computer Science Principles - Create PT Task Tips
The PT is not on your AP Exam; instead, you will have 12 hours of class time to work on your coding masterpiece 🎉
College Board's 2019 Score Data from APCSP:
There is no way to judge how hard the course is until you take it. It all truly depends on your teacher, your workload, and your commitment to this course alone.
Motivation: Motivation plays a huge part in school, in general. A little bit of motivation can help you through the day, and complete everything on your to-do list ✅ If you are going to take AP CSP, set a goal for yourself, and celebrate doing the little things! The performance task takes lots of hard work to perfect the code and your written responses ✍️
Whether or not you love computer science, or even studying in general, you can definitely find motivation by setting a goal 🏆
2. Time Commitment: AP CSP is one of the more manageable APs and shouldn't take much time ⏲️ out of your day.
Most are thrilled that they took AP CSP. Even though computer science is a foreign language 🗣️ to some, AP CSP does not require any past knowledge! These are the main takeaways from the course:
Credit 🎓: Many colleges accept credit for AP CSP if you score high enough. You may be able to skip an introductory course and go straight to a higher-level computer science course in a specific programming language!
Future Experiences 👨🎓: Many people will take this class as a stepping stone to a future college major or career. AP CSP is a prerequisite for higher-level programming classes.
From a survey of many Fiveable AP CSP students 🗳️, we gathered data on the rigor of the class and AP exam! Here's what they had to say:
"APCSP is not your average AP class. Team building and creativity are emphasized and encouraged in this course to a great extent. CSP is an extremely friendly course for people who aren't tech enthusiasts but want a taste of what computer science is."—Krish Gupta
"A lot of people think this class is all about coding and programming, but it isn't. Honestly, even though coding may be frustrating or hard for some people, it can be a really fun and great skill."—Smera B.
"Even if you have no idea what computer science is, take the class! AP CSP is more about the concept of computer science rather than coding itself. It's more of a logic and history class than a confusing coding class!"—Rachel Yuan
"Take AP CSP if you're even considering computer science! It's a great introductory course and in a tech-filled world, it's good knowledge to have!"—Natasha
Weigh all of the factors in and try and make your decision on whether or not you want to take AP CSP. AP CSP isn't too hard and can absolutely be worth it to get an introductory knowledge of computer science. If you go for it, you'll never forget this class 🙃 No matter what you choose, good luck 🍀 and remember to study with Fiveable to get that 5!!