Course overview and sample test questions. Computer Science Principles (CSP) is a new Advanced Placement course designed to give students foundational computing skills, an understanding of the real-world impact of computing applications, and programming literacy. It is a course seeking to broaden participation in computing and computer science by students who might not otherwise consider studying the subject. A team of computer science educators organized by the College Board and the National Science Foundation is leading the development of CSP, providing a curriculum framework upon which educators can build their own specific course. CSP will launch as an AP course in Fall 2016; the first AP exams will take place in May 2017.