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How to Get a 5 in AP Computer Science Principles

4 min readβ€’november 16, 2020

harrison-burnside

Harrison Burnside


AP Computer Science Principles ⌨️

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Introducing APCSP πŸ—£οΈ

APCSP is a relatively small class πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« with a few resources online, but there are some amazing ones like Fiveable 5️⃣ that are here to help! If you can practice for the exam πŸ“ and use these tips, then you should be all set to do awesome 🀩 on your Create PT and ace your MCQ exam.

4️⃣ 4 Tips for a Five 5️⃣

#1: Know the Exam 1️⃣

The APCSP πŸ’» exam is formatted as follows:
1️⃣ Section 1: The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
For the MCQ section 🧐, you will be given:
  • 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
  • To Answer 70 MCQs
This section (1️⃣) is weighted at 70% of your exam score so make sure to study before Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 8am, the current AP Exam Start Time!
Another important thing to know about the MCQ 🧐 section of your exam is that there are different big ideas and computational practices weighted on your exam! We've broken them down for you:

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™‚οΈ APCSP MCQ Unit Weighting

There are 5️⃣ five Big Ideas in AP Computer Science Principles that are tested on the AP Exam πŸŽ‰ You can reference this table to see which units you should study πŸ“– the most and least:
Big Idea MCQ Weighting
There are also 5️⃣ five Computational Thinking Practices in the APCSP exam 🎊 If you don't recognize these names, don't worry too much ☺️, these are mostly for teachers to spiral these themes through the Big Ideas! Check these out with the practice questions ✍️ later:
Computational Thinking Practice MCQ Weighting

2️⃣ Section 2: The Create Performance Task (PT)

The other 30% of your exam score will come from Section two 2️⃣, so make sure to check out all of our information about the Create PT πŸ’Ύ (Performance Task):
πŸ“ Read: APCSP - Create PT Help
This section will not 🚫 be tested during your AP Exam, but you will instead be given 12 hours of class-time to work on your coding masterpiece πŸŽ‰

#2: Don't Procrastinate the Performance Task 2️⃣

You have a whole year to create and write about ✍️ a program of your choosing! Don't put it off until April or May πŸ“… because all of your work (including studying for other AP exams πŸ€“) will stack up πŸ“š
To create the Performance Task, we have an awesome article πŸ“œ to help you get started! Make sure to check out:
πŸ“ Read: APCSP - Create PT Help

#3: Practice with Pseudocode 3️⃣

On the Multiple Choice section, about 30% of the problems will have pseudocode in the questions or answers! It πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» is a programming language πŸ“’ that can't actually be used in any coding tool but is easily read πŸ‘“ and understood.
The pseudocode language is basically a combination of a block-based 🧱 language (Scratch, Alice, etc.) and a basic typing ⌨️ language (Python, JS, etc.) βž• While you will get a reference sheet on exam day, we highly recommend πŸ—£οΈ trying to learn and practice with pseudocode before exam day so you don't have to waste time reading and tracing while you translate πŸ’Ή then! Check out this great reference sheet πŸ“ from the College Board to get a glimpse into the language!
On the Reference Sheet for Pseudocode, there are eight 8️⃣ code categories! These are super useful 🧠 to know so you don't waste valuable time ⏲️ on exam day trying to find the exact line of code in these six pages 😎 Here are the categories to know:
  1. Assignment, Display, and Input
  2. Arithmetic Operators and Numeric Procedures
  3. Rational and Boolean Operators
  4. Selection
  5. Iteration
  6. List Operations (largest category)
  7. Procedures and Calls
  8. Robot (the most fun πŸ€ͺ category!)

#4: Make Flashcards to Review Key Vocab and Concepts 4️⃣

APCSP πŸ–₯️ is not too content-heavy, but the class focuses more on learning the big picture and narrowing πŸ” in on personal solutions and perspectives! A really important part of the MCQ section, however, is learning and applying fundamental vocab πŸ—ƒοΈ in the context of problems πŸŽ‰
A big tip of mine would be to make personal flashcards πŸ“° or maybe just use some awesome Quizlets 🎊 Don't know where to start looking? Check out:
πŸ“ Read: APCSP - Best Quizlet Decks by Unit <<TK>>
Here are a few important key vocab words πŸ”Š to get you started:
  • Algorithm
  • Abstraction
  • Compression (Lossy vs. Lossless)
  • Computer System
  • Digital Divide
  • Internet Protocol
  • Packets
  • Router

Closing Thoughts πŸ’­

Make sure to use all of our tips πŸ’‘ to be able to get that Five 5️⃣ on your APCSP Exam πŸ™Œ When you study with us, your exam is easily Five-able πŸ˜‚
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