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Important Updates

Secure Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP French Language and Culture Exam is 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.

Digital Audio Submission
The DAS portal is now available for 2018 account setup. Visit Submitting Audio for more information about the DAS portal.

Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App
The Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app is now available as a recording option for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams, in addition to AP Music Theory Exams. The DAC app is now available to be downloaded and run on iPads.

  • Event
    • Tue, May 15, 2018

    AP French Language and Culture Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 3 hrs

Exam Overview

The AP French 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 francophone world throughout the exam.

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

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

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

 
2018: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

AP French Language 2018 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts

Exam Resources

Policies

With regard to la Nouvelle Orthographe, the spelling reform that is officially encouraged but not required by the French government, the AP French Development Committee would like to clarify that students will not be penalized if they use the new spellings in the writing part of the AP French Language and Culture Exam.

Additional information on la Nouvelle Orthographe can be found on the following website: www.orthographe-recommandee.info