AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTUREThe Exam

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Important Updates

Digital Audio Submission
Beginning with the 2017 AP Exams, all speaking responses must be recorded digitally in MP3 format and submitted online using the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal. This new process replaces cassette tape and CD submission. Access DAS portal help and FAQs on our Submitting Audio page.

  • Event
    • Tue, May 8, 2018

    AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Day 2018

    • 8 a.m. | 3 hrs

Exam Overview

The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam assesses students' proficiencies in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Exam questions assess all themes outlined in the course and exam description. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the Spanish-speaking world throughout the exam.

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

Exam Format

Section I

Multiple Choice — 65 Questions | ~ 1 Hour, 35 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Part A — 30 questions; 40 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts
  • Part B — 35 Questions; ~55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts

Section II

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; ~ 55 minutes total: 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 Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from the 2014 exam onward, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

The pre-2014 exam page is still available for you to use, as some of the question types are similar and many of the topics address the current course themes. Please note that these exam questions do not reflect the redesigned exam administered in May 2014.

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. 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.

Exam Resources