Explore PT Samples Summarization

Hello, I’ve created a single sheet that has a summary of all 10 samples. I will share this with my students tomorrow, as we kick off the Explore PT. I have 85 minutes with them, and will use most of that time to go over some of the samples and ask questions. Wednesday I will introduce the Survival Guide, then they will begin thinking about their topic. I have 8 classes before the Holiday break, and this project is all we are doing. It’s more than the mandated 8 hours, but I also leave an extra day in case of snow (Vermont!).

The weights for each row are based on 2018, I don’t know if they are accurate or not. I also am not 100% certain that these will be the final samples, as the College Board web site isn’t very clear… they say that new samples are coming in Fall of 2019 but I can’t wait. If anyone finds that these are old, please let me know.

It doesn’t look like I can upload a document here, so I placed it on my Google drive. I hope you find it valuable, and feel free to share!


Hello @will_wright - thanks for this useful document. I’m sure other teachers will appreciate it. You do have the most current samples. New samples are released each fall for the next exam, so the Fall 2019 samples will apply to the 2020 exam. Cheers! ~ Hannah

Is the Explore Unit going to be updated for 19-20? Or is it the same??? @hannah

Hi @yanet.cabrera,

The Explore PT has not changed noticeably in the last 2-3 years. If you’ve heard of any major changes to the Explore PT (or heard of its complete removal), those changes apply to next school year (20-21).

Thus, the Explore Unit is largely the same and IMO didn’t need an update.

Hello @yanet.cabrera ! Unfortunately we do not currently have plans to update the samples with the 2019 versions. We highly recommend checking them out at [AP Central] and using them with your classroom as you prepare for the submission. (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-computer-science-principles/exam)