What would be the standard topics covered in an 'Advanced Placement Computer Science A' test? Is there any good study reference someone can share?

Edit: Answer

An adjustment for my search term returned a Wikipedia page just for this type of exam and the AB version.

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I used the following book as a resource material and it was pretty good:

Barron's AP Computer Science A

You can see the book preview there along with the contents.


The Litvin book is also pretty good, as is the Princeton Guide. I have had APCS students use all 3 and wind up nickeling the test.

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    – Guy Coder
    Commented Aug 11, 2012 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ @GuyCoder It means scoring a 5 (maximum score) on APs. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 11, 2012 at 14:22

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