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The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

Exam Day 2017

Tues, May 2, 8 a.m.

Exam Duration

3 hours

Exam Overview

The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam assesses students' proficiencies in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Exam questions assess all themes outlined in the course and exam description. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the Spanish-speaking world throughout the exam.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Spanish Language and Culture student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Policies

Learn about late testing policies, and see all late testing dates.

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 65 Questions | ~ 1 Hour, 35 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 | ~ 1 Hour, 28 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — Written Tasks; ~70 minutes
    • 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)
  • Part B — Spoken Responses; ~ 18 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response)
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural comparison (1 prompt; 4 minutes to prepare, 2 minutes to respond)


Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice questions and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course and Exam Description (.pdf/2.11MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


A full practice exam on AP Course Audit. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.


The pre-2014 AP Spanish Language Exam page. These exam questions do not reflect the redesigned exam administered in May 2014, but some of the question types are similar and many of the topics address the current course themes, making them a valuable resource for students and teachers.


The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

And for free-response questions from the 2014 exam onward, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

AP Spanish Language 2016 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

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

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Presentational Writing

Interpersonal Speaking

Presentational Speaking

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

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

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