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The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

Exam Information (AP Spanish Language Exam from spring 2013 and prior)

Exam Content

The goal of the AP Spanish Language Exam is to evaluate how well students understand written and spoken Spanish, and their ability to respond in correct and idiomatic Spanish. With the exception of directions, Spanish is used exclusively both in the exam materials and in the student responses. Use of dictionaries or other reference works during the exam is not permitted.   

The exam is approximately three hours long and consists of two sections:
  • Section I (the multiple-choice section) consists of two parts that assess the students' understanding of spoken Spanish (listening) and of literary and non-literary prose selections (reading).
  • Section II (the free-response section) has two parts, which are designed to measure a student's writing and speaking skills in Spanish.

The language skills are tested as follows:
  • The listening part of the exam begins with several short dialogues and narratives. For these exercises, the questions are spoken on the master recording but are not printed in the exam book, while the answer choices are printed but not spoken. After these short pieces, there are two longer selections each lasting about five minutes. During the recording, students may take notes and can see the printed questions; these questions are not spoken on the master recording. Students' notes will not affect their scores.
  • For the reading comprehension portion of the exam, the student must read several passages, each of which is followed by multiple-choice comprehension questions. The passages are typically prose fiction, journalistic articles, or essays.
  • The first part of the writing section will be an informal writing task. Students will have 10 minutes to read a prompt and write their response. Examples may include writing an email message, a letter, a journal entry, or a postcard. The second writing exercise reflects an integration of the following skills: listening, reading, and writing (an example of the interpretive and presentational modes). Students will be required to read two documents, listen to a related source/recording, and respond to a written prompt. All sources, both written and aural, will be authentic -- either in their original format or rerecorded. Students will be encouraged to make reference to and cite all of the sources. Students will have 7 minutes to read the printed sources and then will listen to a stimulus of 3 minutes. After listening to the sound file, students will have 5 minutes to plan their responses and 40 minutes to write their essays. The total time allotted to this section will be approximately 55 minutes.
  • The first speaking task is an example of the interpersonal mode of communication. It integrates listening and speaking in an informal setting of a conversation role-play. Students will be asked to interact with a recorded conversation. There will be five or six opportunities for the student to answer. Each response will be 20 seconds in length. Students will have time to read an outline of the stimulus conversation and the instructions before participating in the simulated conversation. The second part of the speaking section is an example of the interpretive and presentational modes. It integrates three skills: reading, listening and speaking. Students need to give an oral presentation in a formal and/or academic setting. They will be asked to read one document and listen to a recording, after which the will have two minutes to prepare for the presentation and two minutes to answer the related question making reference to both sources.

Preparing Student-Response CDs
When burning each student's MP3 file to the provided student-response CD, be sure to select “Data Disc” or “Data CD” (not "Audio Disc" or "Audio CD") in the preferences of your CD-burning application. Do not use applications such as Windows Media Player or iTunes versions that only allow burning audio discs or CDs.

Multiple-Choice Questions

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

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Spanish Language Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Student Performance Q&A Report for past administrations.

Note about "Form B" Exams
Prior to the May 2012 exam administration, for selected AP subjects, another version of the exam called "Form B" was administered outside of North, Central, and South America.

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Free-Response Questions 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999-2003


2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP Spanish Language 2013 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts 
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking

Speaking Samples 
Score Distributions


2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP Spanish Language 2012 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts 
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking

Speaking Samples 
Score Distributions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP Spanish Language 2012 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts 
Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking

Speaking Samples 
Score Distributions


2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts 
Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


2011: Free-Response Questions Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples


2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


2010: Free-Response Questions Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples
Score Distributions


2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing 
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples
Grade Distributions


2009: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples


2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Paragraph Completion

Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Paragraph Completion
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples
Grade Distributions


2008: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Paragraph Completion

Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking
Paragraph Completion
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples


2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Paragraph Completion

Scoring Guidelines Writing and Speaking

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Paragraph Completion
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples
Grade Distributions


2007: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines: Paragraph Completion Scoring Guidelines: Writing and Speaking Paragraph Completion
Interpersonal Writing
Presentational Writing
Interpersonal Speaking
Presentational Speaking
Speaking Samples


2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Fill-ins

Composition

Picture Sequence

Directed Responses
Student Samples
Grade Distributions


2006: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines Fill-ins

Composition

Picture Sequence

Directed Responses
 
Student Samples


2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses 

Audio Samples 
Grade Distributions


2005: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses

Audio Samples


2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts
Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Composition

Sample Responses Fill-Ins

Audio Samples
Grade Distributions


2004: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples
Free-Response Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses Composition

Sample Responses Fill-Ins

Audio Samples


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