AP JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTUREThe Exam

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Important Updates

Secure Exam for Classroom Use
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  • Event
    • Wed, May 9, 2018

    AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam Day 2018

    • Noon | 2 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam assesses students' interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Japanese, as well as knowledge of Japanese culture. The exam is administered on a computer. The student reads on the screen, listens through headphones, types using the keyboard, and speaks into a microphone. All Japanese text displayed on the screen is in kana and kanji characters. Students must use Microsoft IME for typing Japanese text.

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

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — ~70 Questions | 1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — 30 to 35 questions; 20 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Listening
  • Part B — 35 to 40 questions; 60 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Reading

Section II

Free Response — 4 Tasks | 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — Writing; 30 minutes
    • Interpersonal Writing: Text-chat (6 prompts; 10 minutes)
    • Presentational Writing: Compare and contrast article (1 prompt; 20 minutes)
  • Part B — Speaking; 10 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (4 prompts; 3 minutes)
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural perspective presentation (1 prompt; 7 minutes)

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.

 
2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts 

Scoring Guidelines

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Additional Audio Samples

Interpersonal and Presentational Speaking Samples from the 2017 Workshop

Scoring Distributions

2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Statistics

Student Performance Q&A

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Score Distributions

2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

Speaking Samples

Grade Distributions

Exam Resources