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Important Updates

Secure Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP German 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
All student audio responses for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams must be submitted through the DAS portal to be scored. Visit Submitting Audio for more information about the DAS portal.

Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App
The Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app is an additional recording option available for the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams. The 2019 version of the DAC app for use on Apple iPad tablets will be available for download in the spring. Schools that use the DAC app must use the 2019 version of the app. (Files recorded using previous versions of the DAC app will not be accepted by the DAS portal.)

  • Event
    • Thu, May 9, 2019

    AP German Language and Culture Exam Day 2019

    • Noon | 2 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The AP German 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 description. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the German-Speaking world throughout the exam.

Encourage your students to visit the AP German 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.


Exam Resources