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The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam

Exam Overview

AP Japanese Language And Culture Exam: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

The 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. Exam questions are based on the six learning objectives and assess various themes. All Japanese text displayed on the screen is in kana and kanji characters. Students must use Microsoft IME for typing Japanese text.

Format of Assessment

The AP Japanese 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: (30-35 questions; 20 minutes)
    • Interpretive Communication: Listening
  • Part B: Reading: (35-40 questions; 60 minutes)
    • Interpretive Communication: Reading

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

  • Part A: Writing (2 sections; 30 minutes)
    • Interpersonal Writing: Text-Chat (6 prompts; 10 minutes)
    • Presentational Writing: Compare and Contrast Article (1 prompt; 20 minutes)
  • Part B: Speaking (2 sections; 10 minutes)
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (4 prompts; 3 minutes)
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural Perspective Presentation (1 prompt; 7 minutes)

Multiple-Choice Questions

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

Free-Response Questions

Free-Response Questions 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
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2016: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts 

Scoring Guidelines


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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