AP CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTUREThe Exam

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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

  • Event
    • Thu, May 10, 2018

    AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 2 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The exam assesses students' interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Mandarin Chinese, as well as knowledge of Chinese culture. The exam is administered on a computer. The student reads on the screen, listens through headphones, types using the keyboard, and speaks into a microphone.

Students may choose between traditional or simplified Chinese characters for reading and writing in Chinese. All Chinese text displayed on the screen is available in either traditional Chinese characters or simplified Chinese characters. Students have two options for typing Chinese text: Microsoft Pinyin IME (MSPY) or Microsoft New Phonetic IME.

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

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 70 Questions | ~ 1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — Listening: 30 to 35 questions; 20 minutes (25% of exam score)

    • Identify the appropriate continuation of a conversation (10 to 15 questions; 10 minutes; 10% of exam grade)

    • Answer questions about different types of listening stimuli (15 to 20 questions; 10 minutes; 15% of exam grade)

  • Part B — Reading: 35 to 40 questions; 60 minutes (25% of exam score)

    • Answer questions about different types of reading texts.

Section II

Free Response — 4 Tasks | 41 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — Writing: 30 minutes

    • Narrate a story suggested by a series of pictures (15 minutes; 15% of exam grade)

    • Read and answer an email message (15 minutes; 10% of exam grade)

  • Part B — Speaking: 11 minutes

    • Respond to a series of thematically linked questions as part of a simulated conversation (4 minutes; 10% of exam grade)

    • Deliver a presentation on a given aspect of Chinese culture (7 minutes; 15% of exam grade)

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

Be sure to review 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.

 
2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Statistics

Student Performance Q&A

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Speaking Samples

Grade Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Relay Telephone Message

Presentational Writing

Personal Letter

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Event Plan

Speaking Samples

Grade Distributions

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

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Relay Telephone Message

Presentational Writing

Personal Letter

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

Event Plan

Speaking Samples

Grade Distributions

Exam Resources