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Important Updates

2021 Exam Information
AP Exams will cover the full content in each course, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit and placement.

Given the uncertainties of the 2020-21 school year, some students may feel unsure about taking AP Exams in May. So that students feel comfortable registering by the fall deadline, this year there will be no fees whatsoever if a student decides not to test or to cancel their exams. Every AP student should keep their options open by registering for the exam on time because there will still be a $40 fee for late orders.

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

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

  • Event
    • FRI, MAY 14, 2021, 8 AM LOCAL

    AP Italian Language and Culture Exam Day

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Exam Format

The AP Italian Language and Culture Exam has question types and point values that will remain stable and consistent from year to year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

 Exam Updates
 2019 Exam  Starting with the 2021 Exam

Section 1: 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 1: Multiple Choice

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

The questions are in nine 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 – students interpret thematically aligned print and audio texts together (2 sets)
  • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts (3 sets)

 Section 2: 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 2: 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 (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)

 

Exam Tasks and Content

Section 1A: Multiple Choice

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 an Italian-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

2020 free-response questions are now in the AP Classroom question bank for teachers to assign to students as homework or in class, and do not require secure assessment. These questions have been updated, where possible, to best match the format of free-response questions in the course and exam description and on traditional AP Exams.

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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 Italian 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.