2021 Winter – Exam Prep Course for AP Computer Science A (CSA)

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This is course is designed to help the students that are currently taking the AP Computer Science A class at school to prepare for the test on May 6, 2021.

The AP Computer Science A curriculum emphasizes the fundamental concepts and problem solving skills that Computer Science requires, using the Java programming language.

The exam score is College Board’s recommendation on whether universities should grant course credits to the student. Generally, an AP score of 3 and above is considered passing.

Moreover, the following table shows the course credit transfers based on AP exam scores at some of the top Computer Science universities.

University AP Computer Science A Exam Score Units Transferred Course(s) Fulfilled
Carnegie Mellon University 4 10 15-110, Principles of Computing
Carnegie Mellon University 5 12 15-112, Fundamentals of Programming
Stanford University 4 or 5 5 CS 101, 105, 106A, ENGR 70A
UC Berkeley 3 1.3
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4 or 5 3 hours Computer Science 101, Intro Computing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3 3 hours CS 105, Intro to Computing for Non-Tech Majors
University of Michigan 5 4 credits EECS 180
University of Washington 4 or 5 4 CSE 142, Computer Programming I
University of Washington 3 4 CSE 112, Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A

Course key focus areas:

  • Program Design and Algorithm Development
  • Code Logic
  • Code Implementation
  • Code Testing
  • Documentation

Course Syllabus:

LESSON 1:
Unit 1: Primitive Types (2.5%–5% of exam score)
Unit 2: Unit 2: Using Objects (5%–7.5% of exam score)

LESSON 2:
Unit 3: Boolean Expressions and if Statements (15%–17.5% of exam score) 

LESSON 3L
Unit 4: Iteration (17.5%–22.5% of exam score)

LESSON 4:
Unit 5: Writing Classes (5%–7.5% of exam score)

LESSON 5:
Unit 6: Array (10%–15% of exam score)

LESSON6:
Unit 7: ArrayList (2.5%–7.5% of exam score)

LESSON 7
Unit 8: 2D Array (7.5%–10% of exam score)

LESSON 8:
Unit 9: Inheritance (5%–10% of exam score)

LESSON 9:
Unit 10: Recursion (5%–7.5% of exam score)

LESSON 10 – 12:
Test Review

Course Features

  • Grade G10 - G12
  • Max Enroll 6
  • Class Time 10: 45 am – 12:15 pm EST, Sundays (1/17 - 4/25, no class on 2/14, 3/28, 4/4)
  • Class Location Online
$336/12 Classes
Qi Xia, graduated with a Master degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master degree in Computer Science, currently works for an automotive company in the field of Android Application Development. He has participated in the development of “Ford Pass" and “Lincoln Way” – new generation android apps that can realize real time control of your vehicle in an Artificial Intelligent way. Qi has taught several AP classes at different education institutions for two years, including AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science A.