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Important Updates

2021 Exam Information
AP Exams will cover the full content in each course, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit and placement.

Given the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year, some students may feel unsure about taking AP Exams in May. So that students feel comfortable registering by the fall deadline, this year there will be no fees whatsoever if a student decides not to test or to cancel their exams. Every AP student should keep their options open by registering for the exam on time because there will still be a $40 fee for late orders.

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AP Questions and Feedback Throughout the Year
AP practice exams and past exam questions are available in the AP Classroom question bank. Personal progress checks are also available to ensure your students build mastery of content and skills. The progress dashboard highlights progress for every student and class across units.

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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting and scoring, download the AP Chinese Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (CED) and the CED’s companion audio files.

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

  • Event
    • FRI, MAY 14, 2021, NOON LOCAL

    AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam Day

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Exam Format

The AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Section 1A: Multiple Choice Listening

25–35 Questions | 20 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of audio materials. It is divided into two subsections:
    • Identify the appropriate continuation of a conversation
    • Answer questions about different types of listening stimuli (e.g., transportation announcements, voice messages, school conversations, radio reports, instructions, and uncontextualized dialogues)
  • Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details in the audio material
    • Determine the meaning of a variety of vocabulary and deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words
    • Decide the meaning of a text based on cultural and/or interdisciplinary information
    • Infer implied meaning through context  

Section 1B: Multiple Choice Reading

30–40 Questions | 60 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of print materials (e.g., notes, emails about sequence of events, pen pal letters, poster announcements, and short stories).
  • Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details in the written material
    • Determine the meaning of a variety of vocabulary and deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words
    • Decide the meaning of a text based on cultural and/or interdisciplinary information
    • Infer implied meaning through context  

Section 2A: Free Response Written

2 Tasks | 30 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Presentational Writing: Narrate a story suggested by a series of pictures (15 minutes)
  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and answer an email message (15 minutes)

Section 2B: Free Response Spoken

2 Tasks | 10 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Respond to a series of thematically linked questions as part of a simulated conversation (4 minutes)
  • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a presentation on a given aspect of Chinese culture (choose and describe one Chinese cultural practice or product, and explain its significance) (1 prompt; 7 minutes, preparation time: 4 minutes; response time: 2 minutes)

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

2020 Free-Response Questions

Sign in to AP Classroom to access resources including the 2020 free-response questions, personal progress checks, the question bank, and practice exams aligned to the current course.

If your students answered free-response questions on the AP Exam in 2020, you can access their responses in the Student Response Portal. Learn more about how to access 2020 FRQs and students’ exam responses.

To preserve the large number of new FRQs for teacher use, only teachers have access to the 2020 FRQs. If you are a higher education faculty member interested in seeing questions, please fill out this request form.

2019 Free-Response Questions

For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain 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.

2019: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

 

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

 

Speaking Samples

Scoring Distribution

Past Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions and scoring information from the 2018 and earlier exams, visit Past Exam Questions.