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Today in my mailbox at school I received the College Board 2006 Instructional Planning Report for my AP Computer Science course. It gives me many statistics along with the overall grade distributions which will compare my students with the rest of the students who took this exam back in May. A little lesson on the AP exam. The exam is given to AP students and in Computer Science it consists of 40 multiple choice questions and 4 free response questions where the students need to write methods correctly. They have 3 hours to complete this exam and if they pass with a 3 some colleges/universities will grant 3 college credits for the course. Several universities want a score of a 5 and some universities will not even accept the AP course at all. Back to last years test. My students did an outstanding job with all students passing the AP Computer Science exam with a 4 or a 5. It was interesting to see their performance on how they scored on the multiple choice section and the free response questions. This tool gives me an idea of what I need to cover in more depth like recursion or data structures. I only hope that my current group of students will perform with the same results. With hard work, I'm sure they will and we have plenty of time to prepare. Posted on Monday, November 6, 2006 2:08 PM Teaching AP CS | Back to top

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