Skill Path

Study for the AP Computer Science A Exam (Java)

Master the core concepts covered in AP Computer Science A Exam and gain a solid understanding of programming and fluency in Java.

Includes AP Computer Science A, Highschool, College, Introduction to Computer Science, Java, and more.

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  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    19 hours
  • Certificate of completion

    Yes
  • Prerequisites

    None

About this skill path

In this skill path, we’ll cover all of the key topics that are required for the AP Computer Science A exam. The exam dives deep into Java and is a great entry point for people that have never programmed before. Think of this path as an equivalent experience to most introductory programming courses taught in high school or college. This is a useful resource for anyone beginning their Java journey.

Skills you'll gain

  • Master the Java language
  • Ace the AP Computer Science Exam
  • Understand object-oriented programming
  • Write recursive programs

Syllabus

8 units • 23 lessons • 13 projects • 20 quizzes
  • 1

    Writing Your First Java Program

    Welcome to the start of your journey with Java! In this track, we’ll learn what Java is and write our first program!

  • 2

    Object-Oriented Programming

    Learn how to write object-oriented programs by building your own classes. Then take a look at some of the most common built-in Java classes.

  • 3

    Conditionals and Control Flow

    Learn how to use conditionals - one of the most important tools in programming.

  • 4

    A Deeper Dive Into Classes

    Take a deeper look at how classes work in Java. Explore String methods as well as some of the more advanced features of your own classes.

  • 5

    Arrays and Loops

    Create Arrays and ArrayLists, loop through those data structures, and ultimately create two-dimensional versions of these objects.

  • 6

    Code Challenges

    It’s time to put your Java knowledge to the test! Try solving some of our code challenges involving arrays, loops, Strings, and more!

  • 7

    Algorithms

    What is an algorithm? How do we know if an algorithm is efficient? Let’s dive into some of these Computer Science concepts.

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