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The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam

Exam Content

The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam is approximately three hours in length. It assesses interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills in Japanese along with knowledge of Japanese culture.

The exam is computer-based. Each student works at an individual computer, which processes everything read, heard, written, or spoken by the student. That is, the student reads on the screen, listens through headphones, types using the keyboard, and speaks into a microphone. There is no paper component; although the student may use paper to take notes during the exam, the proctor will collect the notes at the end of the exam, and they will not be scored.

There are two sections in the exam:

Section I consists of multiple-choice questions that assess communication skills in the interpretive mode.

Part A assesses interpretive communication skills by requiring the student to answer questions about different types of listening stimuli.

Part B assesses interpretive communication skills by requiring the student to answer questions about different types of reading texts.

Section II
, the free-response section, assesses communication skills in the interpersonal and presentational modes by requiring the student to produce written and spoken responses.

Part A assesses writing in the interpersonal mode by requiring the student to respond to a series of thematically linked questions as part of a simulated exchange of text-chat messages. It also assesses writing in the presentational mode by requiring the student to compare and contrast two given experiences.

Part B assesses speaking in the interpersonal mode by requiring the student to respond to a series of thematically linked questions as part of a simulated conversation. It also assesses speaking in the presentational mode by requiring the student to make a two minute presentation on a cultural topic.

Each part of the exam contributes a specific portion to the final AP grade. Grouped by communicative mode, the various parts contribute as follows: Interpretive -- 50 percent, Interpersonal -- 25 percent, and Presentational -- 25 percent. Grouped by language modality, the various parts contribute as follows: Listening -- 25 percent, Reading -- 25 percent, Writing -- 25 percent; and Speaking -- 25 percent.

Multiple-Choice Questions

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

If you are using assistive technology and need help accessing these PDFs in another format, please contact us at ssd@info.collegeboard.org. Note: versions of these PDFs with enhanced accessibility will be available in the upcoming academic year. Free-Response Questions

Free-Response Questions 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


2014: 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


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


Important Note: PDF Files
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