The AP Italian Language and Culture Exam assesses students' proficiencies in the Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational modes of communication. The exam is approximately 3 hours long and includes both an 80-minute multiple-choice section and an 85-minute free-response section. The multiple-choice section accounts for half of the student's exam grade and the free-response section for the other half.
Section I, the multiple-choice section, primarily assesses Interpretive Communication by asking students to identify the main ideas, significant details, purpose, and intended audience of a variety of texts and to make inferences and predictions based on them.
Section I, Part A, consists of a variety of audio materials, including conversations, announcements, instructions, advertisements, and news reports.
Section I, Part B, consists of a variety of print materials, including journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, tables, and charts.
Section II, the free-response section, assesses Interpersonal and Presentational Communication by requiring students to produce written and spoken responses.
In Section II, Part A, students demonstrate their ability to write in the Interpersonal mode by reading and replying to an e-mail message. Then, using the Presentational mode, they write a persuasive essay based on three sources that present different viewpoints on a topic. Students read an article, study a table or graphic, and listen twice to a related audio text. Then they have 40 minutes to write an essay in response to a prompt; in the essay they must use the information from all three sources to present and defend their own viewpoint. Students have access to the print sources and any notes they may taken on the audio text during the entire 40-minute writing period.
Section II, Part B, assesses speaking in the Interpersonal mode by asking students to respond to questions as part of a simulated conversation. Students are provided a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange. Part B also assesses speaking in the Presentational mode by requiring students to make a 2-minute presentation in response to a prompt on a cultural topic. In their presentation, students compare cultural features of their own community to those found in an area of the Italian-speaking world with which they are familiar. Students are encouraged to cite examples from materials they have read, viewed, and listened to, as well as from personal experiences and observations.
Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions
For sample multiple-choice and free-response questions, refer to the Course and Exam Description.
AP Italian Language and Culture Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2011 (.pdf/1.8MB)
AP Italian Language and Culture Exam Format
||Number of Questions
||Percent of Final Score
|Section I: Multiple Choice
||Approx. 80 minutes
||Approx. 25 minutes
|Section II: Free-Response
||Approx. 85 minutes
||Interpersonal Writing: E-mail Reply
|Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay
||Approx. 55 minutes
||Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation
||20 seconds for each response
|Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison
||2 minutes to respond
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2013: Free-Response Questions
2012: Free-Response Questions
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