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The AP German Language and Culture Exam

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AP GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE EXAM: 3 HOURS

Exam questions are based on the six learning objectives and assess all themes. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the German-speaking world throughout the exam.

The AP German Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.08MB) provides complete details about the exam.

Format of Assessment

Section I: Multiple Choice | 65 Questions | ~ 95 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: 30 questions; ~40 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts
  • Part B: 35 Questions; ~55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts

Section II: Free Response | 4 Tasks | ~ 80 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Interpersonal Writing: Email Reply (1 prompt; 15 minutes)
  • Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay (1 prompt; ~55 minutes total: 15 minutes to reivew materials plus 40 minutes to write)
  • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response)
  • Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison (1 prompt; 2 minutes to respond)

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample exam questions, refer to the AP German Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (.pdf/3MB).

Free-Response Questions

Free-Response Questions 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


2016: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP German Language and Culture 2016 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines


2015: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP German Language and Culture 2015 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Samples Responses Q1
Samples Responses Q2
Samples Responses Q3
Samples Responses Q4

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


2014: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP German Language and Culture 2014 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Samples Responses Q1
Samples Responses Q2
Samples Responses Q3
Samples Responses Q4

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


2013: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP German Language and Culture 2013 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Samples Responses Q1
Samples Responses Q2
Samples Responses Q3
Samples Responses Q4

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


2012: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP German Language and Culture 2012 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Samples Responses Q1
Samples Responses Q2
Samples Responses Q3
Samples Responses Q4

Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


Important Note: PDF Files

The links to exam questions for this course are in Adobe® PDF format, and you will need to use the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® to view them. If you don't have Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher installed on your computer, choose the link for the Adobe Web site below for installation instructions.

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