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Important Updates

AP Score Reports
Subject score rosters and student score reports for the 2020 AP Exams will be available beginning July 15.

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Accessing 2020 FRQs and Exam Responses
If your students answered free-response questions on the AP Exam in 2020, you can access their responses in the Student Response Portal. The full suite of questions your students received on exam day is available within AP Classroom.

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AP Questions and Feedback Throughout the Year
AP practice exams and all relevant previous exam questions are available in the AP Classroom question bank. Personal progress checks are also available in AP Classroom for use throughout the year and are a great way to ensure your students build mastery of content and skills. Use the progress dashboard to view progress across units and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses to inform instructional planning and additional support.

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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 French Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (CED) and the CED’s companion audio files.

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

  • Event
    • MON, MAY 10, 2021, 8 AM LOCAL

    AP French Language and Culture Exam Day

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Exam Format

The AP French 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

30 Questions | 40 Minutes | 23% of Score

  • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts. This section consists of a variety of authentic print materials (e.g., journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, letters, charts, maps, and tables). Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details
    • Determine the meaning of vocabulary words in context
    • Identify the author’s point of view or the target audience
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural or interdisciplinary information contained in the text

Section 1B: Multiple Choice with Audio

35 Questions | 55 Minutes | 27% of Score

  • This section consists of a variety of authentic audio materials, including interviews, podcasts, public service announcements, conversations, and brief presentations. It is divided into 2 subsections:
    • Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined). 2 sets of audio sources paired with print materials on the same topic with questions (articles and audio reports, charts and conversations).
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts. 3 sets of audio sources with questions (interviews, instructions, presentations).
  • Students will respond to questions about main ideas and supporting details. Some questions will require students to demonstrate their understanding of cultural or interdisciplinary information.
  • Students will have time to read a preview of each selection and skim the questions before listening to the audio. All audio texts will be played twice.

Section 2A: Free Response Written

2 Questions | 1 Hour 10 Minutes | 25% of Score

  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes).
  • Presentational Writing: Write an argumentative essay based on 3 sources, including an article, a table, graph, chart, or infographic, and a related audio source (played twice), that present different viewpoints on a topic (~55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write). Students will have access to the print sources and any notes they may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.

Section 2B: Free Response Spoken

2 Questions | 18 Minutes | 25% of Score

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in 5 exchanges in a simulated conversation (20 seconds for each response). For this conversation, students will be provided with a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange. 
  • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2-minute presentation in response to a prompt in which students compare a cultural feature of a French-speaking community with which they are familiar to their own community or another community.

Digital Audio Submission

Information about recording and submitting audio responses during the 2021 AP Exam will be available later in the fall. 

 

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 AP question bank, and practice exams aligned to the current course.

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

AP French Language 2019 Audio Scripts

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

E-mail Reply

Presentational Writing

Persuasive Essay

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Comparison

 

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.

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: http://www.orthographe-recommandee.info/