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The AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam

Exam Overview

AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes

The exam assesses students' interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Mandarin Chinese, as well as knowledge of Chinese culture. The exam is administered on a computer. The student reads on the screen, listens through headphones, types using the keyboard, and speaks into a microphone.

Students may choose between traditional or simplified Chinese characters for reading and writing in Chinese. The selected display and input options have no effect on a students score. All Chinese text displayed on the screen is available in either traditional Chinese characters or simplified Chinese characters. Students have two options for typing Chinese text: Microsoft Pinyin IME (MSPY) or Microsoft New Phonetic IME.

Format of Assessment

The AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam is approximately 2 hours long. However, the total time required for proctors to administer the exam may be longer, taking into account time for reading directions, moving from question to question, etc.

Section I: Multiple Choice | 70 Questions | ~ 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: Listening (2 sections; 20 minutes total)
    • Interpersonal Communication: Rejoinders (10-15 questions; 10 minutes)
    • Interpretive Communication: Listening Selections (15-20 questions; 10 minutes)
  • Part B: Reading Selections (35-40 questions; 60 minutes)

Section II: Free Response | 4 Tasks | ~ 45 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: Writing (2 sections; 30 minutes total)
    • Presentational Writing: Story Narration (1 prompt; 15 minutes)
    • Interpersonal Writing: Email Response (1 prompt; 15 minutes)
  • Part B: Speaking (2 sections, 11 minutes total)
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (1 conversation: 6 prompts; 4 minutes)
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural Presentation (1 prompt; 7 minutes)

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.

Free-Response Questions

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2016: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines



2015: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response
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Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Statistics

Student Performance Q&A
Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions



2014: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions



2013: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples 
Score Distributions



2012: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples 
Score Distributions



2011: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts 

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples 
Score Distributions



2010: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions



2009: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Email Response

Presentational Writing
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples
Grade Distributions



2008: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Email Response
Relay Telephone Message

Presentational Writing
Personal Letter
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation
Event Plan

Speaking Samples
Grade Distributions


2007: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response
Questions


Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing
Email Response
Relay Telephone Message

Presentational Writing
Personal Letter
Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Presentation
Event Plan

Speaking Samples

Grade Distributions


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