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This page was re-made to serve its needs better. Please ignore my previous removal request. Thank You. --GoOdCoNtEnT 04:44, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

Remove this page[edit]

This page is useless, and for some reason it was a redirect from AP Computer Science AB, a site for an actual course. There already exists a page for the AP Computer Science A course, and I am working on creating the AP Computer Science AB page. Please remove it; this page just causes confusion. --GoOdCoNtEnT 04:09, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

Pointless disambig[edit]

This disambig doesn't make sense to me. It only links to 2 useless articles, 1) a deleted/protected article, AP Computer Science A, and 2) a non-existant article, AP Computer Science AB. I'm not suggesting "AP Computer Science" is a bad topic for wikipedia, but this disambig doesn't add any value. I suggest it be either deleted, rewritten as an article on the high school course, or made a redirect to a resurrected AP Computer Science A article. I also can't find a discussion of why AP Computer Science A was deleted. — ApolloCreed (comment) (talk) 07:01, 1 March 2006 (UTC)


Does anyone know when they changed to C++? I got my data from Slashdot, but I'm not sure how true that is...

2001 - Kevin23 04:17, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

I took it in 1999, and that was the first year it used C++ 14:17, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

The test started with Pascal in 1984, changed to C++ in 1999, and changed to Java in 2004. Sustain4people (talk) 03:32, 18 February 2016 (UTC)

New Format[edit]

I have set up the combined format due to support on the A & AB pages (with the exception of GoOdCoNtEnT). I believe despite earlier objections the final article is only slightly longer than each individual page, is far more comprehensive, and conforms better to the way the exams are presented elsewhere - specifically on the College Board website and in numerous study books. The page was presented in a format as similar as possible to the Calculus AB & BC page to keep to the previously-accepted standards of these articles. With a combined topic outline (as is found on the CB website), the exams are far easier to study for, and the page serves as better information for those unsure of which to take. Further, I had earlier added links to the AB page but not to the A page for this very reason- and it would have been tedious. The article already has new information, and I did not remove any old content. I believe this article is now of far higher quality, so if you plan to revert it, please discuss it here first. Also remember that the template has also been updated. - Ian Burnet 22:18, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

You Can Get College Credit Without Taking APCS in High-School[edit]

According to the College Board, a student can earn college-credit by passing the AP Computer Science exam without taking the corresponding course in high-school.

From the College Board's website: AP Exam Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Can I take the AP Examination if I haven't taken an AP course? Yes. Because the College Board is committed to providing access to the AP Exams to homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP it does not require students to take an AP course prior to taking an AP Exam.

The College Board urges students to study the kinds of skills and subjects outlined in the Course Description for each subject, because they represent the basis for the AP Examination. The best way to do so is in a year-long AP course in which the students and teachers focus on AP-level work. Some students, however, have taken strong courses and/or have studied in depth on their own. Such students may be able to perform quite well on the AP Exam.

Yes, this is the case with all AP exams. In fact, I've done it. Specifically with this one and AP Calculus. Ian Burnet (talk) 22:21, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

I call BS on the score distributions.[edit]

Especially for Comp Sci A. You can't take that distribution and get 2.89 as the average. (If I calculated it right, the average for that distribution is more like 1.29.) In any case, here's the 2007 data: [1]. Anybody got 2008 data? (talk) 20:48, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

I'll ask my old CS teacher if she has the distribution for 2008 Will (talk) 05:12, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Computer Science: Principles[edit]

There's a new AP course under development, called "AP Computer Science: Principles." I had added some content about this course in development to the article, but it was reverted, with the claim 'Source states that "Computer Science: Principles' is 'not an official Advanced Placement course currently being offered by the College Board.'" That's true; this isn't an official AP course yet, but it is under development by the College Board. It seems to me reasonable that this content should be in this article. What do others think? SeparateWays (talk) 17:18, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

At the time that I looked at the sources, it seemed like they had no association with the College Board whatsoever, but that may just be my recollection. In any case, the website originally provided is not linked to by the College Board—basically, there is no evidence that it is actually approved by the College Board, as there is no mention on the College Board's website of this course in development. However, if you do find such a reliable source, then I think it would meet WP:VERIFY requirements. Waiwai933 (talk) 02:06, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Would these links do the trick for you?, SeparateWays (talk) 20:21, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Computer Science A[edit]

The AP Computer Science A test, sicne last year, now includes two-dimensional arrays and lists, whereas it hadn't before.

No it doesn't, shut up and go play xbox. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:57, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

--ROLLERSOX 01:32, 12 May 2011 (UTC)RollerSox

Move discussion in progress[edit]

There is a move discussion in progress on Talk:Advanced Placement United States History which affects this page. Please participate on that page and not in this talk page section. Thank you. —RMCD bot 21:29, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Intro Paragraph needs rewriting[edit]

it says that AP computer science is the name for two distict exams. that should be fixed to note that it is currently the name of one exam. The other can be mentioned later in the article.MaximusAlphus (talk) 23:46, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Merge GridWorld[edit]

I propose that GridWorld be merged into AP Computer Science. It is not very notable, and the article itself does not contain that much information. It could be easily incorporated into the GridWorld section on this page. This would be done similarly to Marine Biology Case Study, which is only a section on this page. Llightex (talk) 15:42, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Support, for all of the reasons above and because Grid World is being discontinued. (@Llightex:) Bananasoldier (talk) 15:34, 2 May 2015 (UTC)