The AP CS A (Nitro) course was created to align with the sequence of units recommended by College Board in the updated Course and Exam Description

What are the differences between AP Computer Science A (Nitro) and AP Computer Science A (Mocha)?

College Board Units

The AP Computer Science A (Mocha) is aligned to the AP CS A standards framework, however it teaches objects later in the course, which differs from the unit sequence recommended by College Board.

The AP CS A (Nitro) course implements the sequence of units that College Board recommends in the new Course and Exam Description. Note that this sequence of units is not required — teachers may continue to teach topics in the order that works best for their students.

Here are the new units:

  • Unit 1: Primitive Types
  • Unit 2: Using Objects
  • Unit 3: Boolean Expressions and If Statements
  • Unit 4: Iteration
  • Unit 5: Writing Classes
  • Unit 6: Arrays
  • Unit 7: ArrayList
  • Unit 8: 2D Array
  • Unit 9: Inheritance
  • Unit 10: Recursion

Main Method

The AP Computer Science A (Mocha) course instructs students using the CodeHS Java Console. 

Our AP CS A (Nitro) course that uses the Java Main Method. Instead of the CodeHS Java Console that we use in AP CS A (Mocha), exercises in AP CS A (Nitro) will utilize the Java Main Method. Students will also use the Scanner class to take user input.

Teachers may choose to continue the AP Computer Science A (Mocha) course--both Nitro and Mocha will prepare students for the AP CS A exam.

Choosing the Right Course

Depending on experience and preferred instructional approach, the right course varies by teacher. This chart can help you make the right decision for your classroom!

Visit codehs.com/info/curriculum/apjava or email us at hello@codehs.com to learn more.

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