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The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam

Exam Day 2017

Wed, May 3, 12 noon

Exam Duration

2 hours, 15 minutes

Exam Overview

The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam assesses students' interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Japanese, as well as knowledge of Japanese 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. All Japanese text displayed on the screen is in kana and kanji characters. Students must use Microsoft IME for typing Japanese text.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Japanese Language and Culture student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Policies

Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — ~70 Questions | 1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — 30 to 35 questions; 20 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Listening
  • Part B — 35 to 40 questions; 60 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Reading

Section II

Free Response — 4 Tasks | 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — Writing; 30 minutes
    • Interpersonal Writing: Text-chat (6 prompts; 10 minutes)
    • Presentational Writing: Compare and contrast article (1 prompt; 20 minutes)
  • Part B — Speaking; 10 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (4 prompts; 3 minutes)
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural perspective presentation (1 prompt; 7 minutes)

The Exam Overview (.pdf/3.5MB) explains to students what the exam will be like.

This AP Exam formats document (.pdf/114 KB) shows how this year's format compares to last year's.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice questions and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The AP Japanese Language and Culture Course Description (.pdf/2.26MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


The 2007 Released Exam Multiple Choice Questions.


The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts 

Scoring Guidelines

Interpersonal Writing
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts 

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Statistics

Student Performance Q&A

Interpersonal Writing
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation

Presentational Speaking
Cultural Perspective 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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article
Cultural Topic Posting

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation
Return Telephone Call

Presentational Speaking
Story Narration
School Announcement
Cultural Perspective Presentation

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
Text Chat

Presentational Writing
Compare and Contrast Article
Cultural Topic Posting

Interpersonal Speaking
Conversation
Return Telephone Call

Presentational Speaking
Story Narration
School Announcement
Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Grade Distributions

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