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Important Updates

Preparing Students for the Exam

Starting August 1, students and teachers will have new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, progress checks and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth, and a question bank of real AP questions.


Learn more about the new resources

Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and Exam Description.

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

  • Event
    • Thu, May 7, 2020

    AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam Day

    • Noon | 2 hrs

Exam Format

The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials—won’t change.

Section 1A: Multiple Choice Listening

30-35 Questions | 20 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of audio materials (e.g., public announcements, voice messages, instructions, cultural presentations, radio broadcasts, uncontextualized dialogues, and school debates).
  • Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details in the audio material
    • Determine the meaning of a variety of vocabulary and deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words
    • Decide the meaning of a text based on cultural and/or interdisciplinary information
    • Infer implied meaning through context

 

Section 1B: Multiple Choice Reading

30-40 Questions | 60 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of print materials (e.g., journalistic articles, short stories, email inboxes, letters, step-by-step instructions, and travel brochures).
  • Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details in the written material
    • Determine the meaning of a variety of vocabulary and deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words
    • Decide the meaning of a text based on cultural and/or interdisciplinary information
    • Infer implied meaning through context

 

 

Section 2A: Free Response Written

2 Tasks | 30 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and answer text-chat messages (6 prompts; 10 minutes)
  • Presentational Writing: Write a compare-and-contrast article of 300–400 characters or longer on two related topics or two opposing sides of a single topic (1 prompt; 20 minutes)

 

Section 2B: Free Response Spoken

2 Tasks | 10 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in a simulated interpersonal conversation (4 prompts; 3 minutes)
  • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2-minute presentation presenting the student’s own view or perspective on a Japanese cultural practice or product (1 prompt; 7 minutes, preparation time: 4 minutes; response time: 2 minutes)

 

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

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.

New Exam Resources

Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You’ll have access to:

  • an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
  • personal progress checks with new formative questions
  • a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights

2019: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

 

Speaking Audio Prompts

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Coming Soon: Scoring Guidelines for CED Sample Free-Response Questions

Scoring guidelines for the sample exam questions within the AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and Exam Description will be posted later this summer.