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AP Computer Science Principles 22-23







Course Content

Based on the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, the AP Computer Science Principles Course and Exam Description provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. The major areas of study in the course are organized around big ideas that encompass ideas foundational to studying computer science.

The AP Computer Science Principles course framework is organized into five big ideas. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

Big Idea Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)

Big Idea 1: Creative Development


Big Idea 2: Data


Big Idea 3: Algorithms and Programming


Big Idea 4: Computer Systems and Networks


Big Idea 5: Impact of Computing


Computational Thinking Practices

The AP Computer Science Principles course framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills from computational thinking practices that students should practice and develop throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like computer scientists. Emphasis is placed on creativity and collaboration as pedagogical strategies to be used to develop a diverse, appealing, and inclusive classroom environment.

Computational Thinking Practice Description Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)

1. Computational Solution Design

Design and evaluate computational solutions for a purpose.


2. Algorithms and Program Development

Develop and implement algorithms.


3. Abstraction in Program Development

Develop programs that incorporate abstractions.


4. Code Analysis

Evaluate and test algorithms and programs.


5. Computing Innovations

Investigate computing innovations.


6. Responsible Computing

Contribute to an inclusive, safe, collaborative, and ethical computing culture.

Not assessed







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