AP Spanish Language and Culture Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about the course

The course, taught almost exclusively in Spanish, focuses on using interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in real-life situations. For more details go to the two-page Course Overview (.pdf/3.67MB).

The new course is comparable to fourth semester (or the equivalent) college courses in Spanish.

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

Any motivated student should be given the chance to benefit from an AP course.

These resources will help:

This course can be taught as a yearlong course or in a block schedule. If a course is completed at the end of the fall semester, students should review in the spring to ensure that they are prepared to do well on the exam.

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.

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:

  • A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
  • 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.

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

The exam assesses cultural knowledge throughout—not in a separate “culture” section. Students are not asked isolated questions about cultural trivia; rather, they’ll use print and audio texts to show an understanding of cultural information.

Beginning in 2017, schools will no longer submit student speaking samples via cassette or CD. All speaking samples will be recorded digitally and uploaded to a secure server. For more information, go to Recording Audio and Submitting Audio.

That depends on the college—some require higher scores than others. 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 Spanish Language and Culture Exam Information page for answers. You’ll find specifics about the exam format and more.