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To bring you and your students new classroom resources and supports, we’re making updates to AP Italian Language and Culture for the 2019-20 school year. 

  • These updates will give you a clearer sense of the content and skills that will be tested on the AP Exam. They’ll also ensure that the exam format remains consistent from year to year.
  • Course and exam information will now be more clearly presented in an updated course and exam description (CED)—available in print later this year as a customizable binder. You can preorder a free copy now.
  • The 2019-20 AP Course Audit will open in May 2019, and you won’t need to update your syllabus. You’ll simply need to acknowledge the updates on your AP Course Audit form.
  • Starting in August, you’ll need to complete a simple digital activation process to access the new resources and help your students register for their exams.


AP Italian Language and Culture Updates

Brief video overview of the updates to AP Italian Language and Culture in 2019-20.

Course Updates

AP Italian Language and Culture has been updated for the 2019-20 school year to make things clearer for you and your students and to better align with college-level expectations.

Course and exam information is now more clearly presented in an updated course and exam description (CED).

The updated CED organizes the course into six thematic units.

  • This series of units represents a sequence that is found in widely adopted college textbooks and that many AP Italian Language and Culture teachers have told us they follow:
    1. Families in Different Societies
    2. The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity
    3. Influences of Beauty and Art
    4. How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives
    5. Factors that Impact the Quality of Life
    6. Environmental, Political and Societal Challenges
  • By organizing the course content and skills into units, we’re able to give you and your students free formative assessments—personal progress checks—that you can assign throughout the year to measure student progress.
  • We want to respect your time and expertise by providing a road map you can modify and adapt to your local priorities and preferences. You can choose to follow this suggestion for how content can be sequenced and paced. As always, you’ll have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

The CED defines skills and more learning objectives for students.

  • The course framework outlines specific skills that AP Italian Language and Culture students should practice throughout the year, like interpreting written and audio texts, speaking and writing to others, and giving written and spoken presentations.
  • Additional learning objectives are included in the framework so that it’s clearer what students should be able to do.
  • Each learning objective is clearly connected to the defined skills. With this kind of specificity, you and your students will know how course content and skills will be assessed on the AP Exam.
  • Throughout the CED, you’ll find thoughtful suggestions for pairing course content with skills.

Exam Updates

Starting in the 2019-20 school year:

  • The AP Italian Language and Culture Exam will have question types and point values that stay consistent every year so that you and your students know what to expect on exam day.
  • The structure of the multiple-choice section of the exam will align with the other AP European language and culture exams:
    • There will be fewer multiple-choice questions, and students will have more time to complete them.
    • The multiple-choice section will begin with reading, followed by reading and listening. This is a more student-friendly way to start the exam.
    • Students will have time to preview the questions before listening, and all audio sources will be played twice.
    • Stimulus materials will be tied to course themes, with all 6 required course themes represented. Most stimuli will now be authentic sources.
    • All multiple-choice exam tasks will include advance organizers that give students information about what they’ll read or listen to.
  • There aren't any changes to the free-response section of the exam.
Exam Updates
Currently (2019 Exam) Starting with the 2020 Exam

Section I: Multiple Choice

70 Questions | 1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A: 30–34 Questions; 25 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts
  • Part B: 36–40 Questions; 55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts

Section I: Multiple Choice

65 Questions | 1 Hour, 35 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

The questions are in 9 sets, each with fixed numbers and types of questions.

  • Part A: 30 Questions; 40 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts (4 sets)
  • Part B: 35 Questions; 55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Paired Print and Audio Texts—new type of task where students interpret thematically aligned print and audio texts together (2 sets)
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts (3 sets)

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; 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

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: Argumentative Essay (new name, but same task as before)
      • 1 prompt; 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

New Resources and Supports

Hear what AP teachers are saying about the new resources.

Improved CED with Unit Guides (Available Late May 2019)

  • An expanded AP Italian Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (CED) more clearly outlines specific course content and defines how it will be assessed on the AP Exam.
  • The CED also includes unit guides outlining the content and skills that will be taught in the course and assessed on the exam. For more information about the unit guides, see below.
  • Print copies of the CED will be available in easy-to-use, customizable binders in June 2019. Preorder your free copy using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • Watch this short video to learn more about the CEDs and unit guides.

AP Classroom (Available August 1, 2019)

AP Classroom is a dedicated online platform designed to support you and your students throughout your AP experience. The platform features a variety of powerful resources and tools to give you year-long support and enable your students to receive meaningful feedback on their progress:

Unit Guides

Appearing in the CED and on AP Classroom, these planning guides will outline all required course content and skills, organized into commonly taught units. Each unit guide will suggest sequence and pacing of content, scaffold skill instruction across units, and provide tips on taking the exam.

Personal Progress Checks

These formative AP questions for every AP Italian Language and Culture unit will give students feedback on the areas where they need to focus. Personal progress checks measure knowledge and skills through multiple-choice questions with rationales explaining correct and incorrect answers, and free-response questions with scoring information.

Progress Dashboard

This dashboard will let you review individual student and class progress throughout the year. You’ll be able to view class trends and see where students struggle with content and skills that will be assessed on the AP Exam. Students will be able to view their own progress over time to improve their performance before the AP Exam.

AP Question Bank

The AP question bank is an online library of real AP Exam questions. You’ll be able to find questions indexed by skills, create customized tests, and assign them online or on paper.  These tests will enable students to practice and get feedback on each question.

Enhanced Score Reports (Available July 2020)

Instructional Planning Reports (IPRs) will give you actionable feedback about students’ learning of both content and skills, automatically grouped by your class sections in AP Classroom.

Key Dates for AP Italian Language and Culture Teachers

School Year 2018-19

  • You can start accessing new resources to get ready for the 2019-20 school year:
    • Updated AP Italian Language and Culture CED and unit guides—plus an interactive tutorial on how to use them
    • Video previews of the AP question bank, personal progress checks and the progress dashboard
  • The AP Course Audit opens for 2019-20, a few months later than usual.
    • To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources, you won’t need to submit a syllabus for AP Italian Language and Culture or any other subjects with course and exam updates in 2019-20.
    • As an AP Italian Language and Culture teacher, you will need to acknowledge the updates on your AP Course Audit form. This form must be approved by your administrator before you can access the new resources that become available in August 2019.*

Summer 2019

  • 2019 AP Summer Institutes begin. Updated AP Italian Language and Culture workshop materials will be available to provide context on the CED, unit guides, and other new resources.
  • 2019 CED binders are available. You can preorder your free copy now using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • August 1: The AP Classroom system resources—including unit guides, personal progress checks, progress dashboard, and question bank—become available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the system and ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • As an AP Italian Language and Culture teacher, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.*
  • Mid-August: 1-day workshops begin.
  • Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections in the system. If your coordinator chooses not to create class sections, you can create your own.
  • Familiarize yourself with the system and start exploring the resources.
  • As you create your sequencing and pacing calendars, use the Course at a Glance and unit guides in the CED to inform your decisions. These can also help you determine how to fit the personal progress checks into your instruction so you and your students can receive timely instructional feedback.
  • Access the AP question bank to see what questions are available for you to assign to your students for instructional and assessment purposes throughout the year.

2019-20 School Year

In the First Week of Class

  • Log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections (you may also receive them from your AP coordinator).*
  • Distribute join codes to your students and help them get into AP Classroom and enroll in your class section.*
  • Start using the AP Classroom resources and supports.
  • By October: Work with your AP coordinator to ensure that all your AP students have joined the appropriate AP Classroom sections.*
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams. 
  • Use your progress dashboard to see where students are demonstrating strength and where they have opportunities for further growth.
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline to submit your AP Italian Language and Culture Course Audit form and have it approved by your administrator for 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.*
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • Use the AP question bank and feedback on the progress dashboard to help students prepare for their AP Exams.
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

* = required action