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22-APExamPrep - Chapter XXII The APCS 'A' Examination...

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Chapter XXII The APCS 'A' Examination Chapter XXII Topics 22.1 Introduction 22.2 The Exam Format 22.3 The AP Java Subset 22.4 Java Standard Libraries 22.5 The Case Study 22.6 Multiple Choice Sample Questions 22.7 Free Response Sample Questions 22.8 Exam Day Important Reminders Chapter XXII The AP Computer Science 'A' Examination 1139
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22.1 Introduction If you are in an AP Computer Science course then the arrival of this last chapter signals the coming of the AP Computer Science Examination in the very near future. If you have no knowledge of the topics that will be covered on the exam than this final chapter will do little to improve your score. On the other hand, even students with excellent knowledge and clear understanding of every exam topic can benefit from a summary of what to expect the second week of May. This chapter is titled The AP Computer Science 'A' Examination . The College Board provides two computer science examinations. The 'A' exam is based on the topics covered in a typical Computer Science I (first semester) college course. The 'AB' exam is based on the topics covered in the typical Computer Science II (second semester) college course. Note, that the exam is called 'AB', which means that it includes topics of both courses. This chapter will look at the exam format and outline all the topics that may be presented, but something must be understood straight from the beginning. This exam is going to be tough. It is designed to be tough, because it is a college-level examination and this exam must convince universities that you should be awarded college credit for performing well. It turns out that performing well itself it a curious notion and high school students are so fixed on a system where 70% means a passing, but not very good, grade. You will be surprised that 70% is a very good performance on the AP Computer Science Examination. You need to forget the standard ideas about 90% is an 'A', 80% is a 'B', etc. That type of grading will be very discouraging during the taking of an AP exam. You may feel that you can only handle half the questions at best. You normal high school experience will dictate that a 50% performance is failing. It may come as a surprise to you that scoring roughly 50% may well be a passing AP exam grade. Let us start by considering how AP examinations are reported. AP Examination Reported Grades There are five different grades reported on AP Examinations. 5 Extremely well qualified 4 Well qualified 3 Qualified 2 Possibly Qualified 1 No recommendation 1140 Exposure Java 2009, APCS Edition 08-08-09
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The five reported grades are not linked to a rigid percentage-passing , such as 80% equals 5 and 70% equals 4. You can use the following rough table to get an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that this rough table is based on my experience as a test reader and member of the committee who created the AP Computer Science Examination. Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization which creates and administers AP Examinations for the College
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2010 for the course APSC AP taught by Professor Kurt during the Spring '98 term at Wooster.

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22-APExamPrep - Chapter XXII The APCS 'A' Examination...

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