Monday began the two weeks of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. I took AP US Govt. yesterday. Today, I took the new and improved AP Computer Science A exam.
The first section, the multiple choice has 40 questions that range A through E and an allotted time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. It’s just like it has always been. Since the discontinuation of the rouge AB level exam, the College Board has touted the new course material. Something about
Integer.MAX_INT or something. I think it is safe to say that it wasn’t there.
The multiple choice covered the standard things like recursion, loops, classes, methods and our favorite five questions on grid world. There were questions too that asked you to look at five different output examples and pick one was actually output with the given code segment. I skipped 4 questions, but unlike yesterday, not because I couldn’t remember how. It boiled down into effort. I’m dead lazy. Have you met a programmer that wasn’t? No, you haven’t. So, I lost some points for being lazy. I seriously only answer if I’m seriously sure of the choice.
The second section contained four free response questions. Luckily, I wasn’t forced to use a pen again. The time allotment was reasonable, running at 1 hour and 40 minutes. I had half an hour to reread my responses eight times. I’m not sharing the order of the questions, nor the content. But I will discuss instead the lengths of my responses. The first was short. In terms of lines (since we’re writing code here) was about 4 lines (not counting brackets). The second and third were about the same, running at about 10 lines. Finally, the last, was by far the longest of them all, probably at 16 to 25 lines. My implementations were rock solid in the first three problems, but the fourth was unstable in my honest opinion.
My Score Foresight™ tells me I got a 26 on the multiple choice. The free response was better for me, so again with my Score Foresight™ tells me that I’ll get
8 + 9 + 9 + 8. After weighting and other mesmerizing things, the prediction is 37.74. The grand total is approximately 63.74 which I think qualifies me for a 4.