AP Information

Course and Exam Description

The official AP CS A Course and Exam Description booklet can always be found on AP Central for AP CS A. The direct link to download the 2019-20 CED is here. Request a FREE hard-copy binder at www.collegeboard.org/ced.

AP Audit

If you will be teaching the AP CS A course in your school during the 2019-2020 academic year, you must complete the AP Audit process before August 1, 2019.


  • The AP Audit process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  • The AP Audit User Guide contains step-by-step instructions.
  • A syllabus does not need to be submitted for 2019-2020. Once the CS Awesome syllabus is approved, you can submit it in 2020-2021.
  • Completing the audit will give you access to the brand new materials that the College Board will release including Personal Progress Checks.

AP Exam

The AP Computer Science A Exam assesses student understanding of the computational thinking practices and learning objectives outlined in the course framework.

Additional details:

  • 3 hours long
    • 40 multiple-choice questions (90 mins)
    • 4 free-response questions (90 mins)
  • Students can use the Java Quick Reference Sheet during the exam