AP Japanese Language and Culture Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about the course

This course, taught almost exclusively in Japanese, focuses on using interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in real-life situations. For more details go to the two-page Course Overview (.pdf/6.28MB).

The course is comparable to a fourth-semester college Japanese course.

There are no specific prerequisite courses, but typically students enter this course with three to five years of language instruction at the high school level.

These resources will help:

The AP Teacher Community might be the best source for answers. You’ll also find articles, tools, and resources to help you teach every aspect of the course on the course home page on AP Central.

Questions about the AP Course Audit

The AP Course Audit is a course authorization process that provides teachers and administrators with guidelines and requirements for offering AP courses. It also ensures that AP courses across high schools meet the same college-level criteria.

Yes. Every school wishing to offer an AP course must participate in the AP Course Audit.

The AP Course Audit requires the online submission of two documents: the AP Course Audit form and the teacher’s syllabus. The AP teacher and the school principal (or designated administrator) submit the Course Audit form, acknowledging the curricular and resource requirements. The syllabus, detailing how the AP course requirements will be met, is submitted by the AP teacher for review by college faculty.

The AP Course Audit website will give you the tools you’ll need to create and submit your syllabus for authorization, including information and guidelines, sample syllabi, and a tutorial.

Go to AP Course Audit for more FAQs, resources, and information about the whole course audit process.

Questions about the exam

These resources will help:

  • Free-response questions (FRQs) with student samples and scoring guidelines can be accessed from the course’s exam information page.
  • Scroll down the “Scoring” column in the free-response questions table to find yearly Chief Reader Reports (former title: Student Performance Q&A) from the Chief Reader that describe how students performed on the FRQs, typical student errors, and specific concepts that challenged students the most that year.
  • A secure exam for classroom use is available on the AP Course Audit website. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.
  • The Exam Overview PowerPoint (.pdf/3.5MB) explains to students what the exam will be like.
  • Released multiple-choice exam questions are available for free download on the course home page.

The exam is given each year in early May. Go to the Exam Calendar for the most current exam dates.

The exam is administered on a computer; refer to the AP Coordinator’s Manual for necessary information.

Students should use kanji, hiragana, and katakana appropriately in their written responses.

Students encounter various print and audio texts throughout the exam that require an understanding of cultural information. Cultural knowledge is also assessed in the “Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison” task.

That depends on the college. Tell your students to use the AP Credit Policy Info tool to verify the credit/placement policies at the colleges they are considering.

Go to the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam Information page for answers. You’ll find specifics about the exam format and more.