AP Computer Science Principles Score Calculator

AP Computer Science Principles Score Scale

The AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) exam scores are calculated based on a combination of your performance on the multiple-choice questions and your performance tasks. Here’s a breakdown of how your raw scores translate into the final AP score:

ComponentPercentage of Total Score
Multiple-Choice Questions70%
Create Performance Task16%
Explore Performance Task14%

Each component of your score is scaled and combined to fit the AP score scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest. Below is a typical grading scale:

AP ScoreGrade ScaleMeaning
5AExtremely well qualified
4BWell qualified
2DPossibly qualified
1FNo recommendation

This scale helps you understand where your preparation stands and what you might need to improve!

FAQs Section

Common Questions

1. How is the AP CSP exam scored?

The AP CSP exam score is comprised of two main components: multiple-choice questions (70% of the score) and performance tasks (30% of the score). Your performance on these tasks is crucial in determining your final score.

2. Are there any differences between HL and SL scoring for AP CSP?

AP CSP does not use HL (Higher Level) and SL (Standard Level) distinctions as these are part of the IB (International Baccalaureate) system. AP exams have a uniform scoring system across all test takers.

3. What is a good score on the AP CSP exam?

A score of 3 or above is generally considered good, as it indicates that you are “qualified” to understand and apply the course material at a college level. Scores of 4 and 5 are particularly impressive, demonstrating higher levels of competence.

4. How can I improve my score on the performance tasks?

Focus on demonstrating clear, logical problem-solving and understanding of computer science principles. Practice prior tasks, seek feedback, and refine your approach to ensure you’re showing your best work.

5. When are AP CSP scores released?

AP CSP scores are typically released in early July. You can access your scores through the College Board website using your account credentials.