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The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

Exam Overview

AP SPANISH 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 Spanish-speaking world throughout the exam.

The AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.11MB) 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 | ~ 85 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 review materials plus 40 minutes to write)
  • Interpersonal Speaking: Simulated Conversation (5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response)
  • Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison (1 prompt; 6 minutes)

Multiple-Choice Questions

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

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Spanish Language and Culture Exams.

Free-Response Questions 2015 2014


2015: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP Spanish Language 2015 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts 
Scoring Guidelines


2014: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

AP Spanish Language 2014 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


Past AP Spanish Language Exam Questions

The College Board provides free-response questions from past AP Spanish Language and Culture Exams. These questions do not reflect the redesigned AP Spanish Language Exam administered for the first time in May 2014, but the question types are the same and the topics similar, making them a valuable resource for students and teachers. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Student Performance Q&A (Chief Reader's Report) for the May 2013 administrations and before.

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