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.
Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description.
Encourage your students to visit the AP Spanish Language and Culture student page for exam information and exam practice
- Tue, May 12, 2020
AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Day
The AP Spanish 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, and number of questions in each exam section—won’t change. The only change in the 2020 exam is the name of the persuasive essay, which is now called the argumentative essay, to better align it with what is expected in this task, but the task itself is not changing, nor is how it is scored.
Section 1A: Multiple Choice
30 Questions | 40 Minutes| 23% of Score
- Interpretive Communication: Print Texts. This section consists of a variety of authentic print materials (e.g., journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, letters, charts, maps, and tables). Students will be asked to:
- Identify the main ideas and supporting details
- Determine the meaning of vocabulary words in context
- Identify the author’s point of view or the target audience
- Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural or interdisciplinary information contained in the text
Section 1B: Multiple Choice with Audio
35 Questions | 55 Minutes | 27% of Score
- This section consists of a variety of authentic audio materials, including interviews, podcasts, public service announcements, conversations, and brief presentations. It is divided into 2 subsections:
- Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined). 2 sets of audio sources paired with print materials on the same topic with questions (article and audio report, chart and conversation).
- Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts. 3 sets of audio sources with questions (interview, instructions, presentation).
- Students will respond to questions about main ideas and supporting details. Some questions will require students to demonstrate their understanding of cultural or interdisciplinary information.
- Students will have time to read a preview of each selection and skim the questions before listening to the audio. All audio texts will be played twice.
Section 2A: Free Response Written
2 Questions | 1 Hour 10 Minutes | 25% of Score
- Interpersonal Writing: Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes).
- Presentational Writing: Write an argumentative essay based on 3 sources, including an article, a table, graph, chart, or infographic, and a related audio source (played twice), that present different viewpoints on a topic (~55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write). Students will have access to the print sources and any notes they may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.
Section 2B: Free Response Spoken
2 Questions | 18 Minutes | 25% of Score
- Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in 5 exchanges in a simulated conversation (20 seconds for each response). For this conversation, students will be provided with a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange.
- Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2-minute presentation in response to a prompt in which students compare a cultural feature of a Spanish-speaking community with which they are familiar to their own community or another community.
Digital Audio Submission
All student audio responses for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams must be submitted through the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal to be scored. Visit Submitting Audio for more information about the DAS portal.
The Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app is an additional recording option available for the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams. The 2019 version of the DAC app for use on Apple iPad tablets will be available for download in the spring. Schools that use the DAC app must use the 2019 version of the app. (Files recorded using previous versions of the DAC app will not be accepted by the DAS portal.)
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
Download free-response questions from past exams along with scoring guidelines, sample responses from exam takers, and scoring distributions.
AP Exams are regularly updated to align with best practices in college-level learning. Not all free-response questions on this page reflect the current exam, but the question types and the topics are similar, making them a valuable resource for teachers and students.
Coming Soon: Scoring Guidelines for CED Sample Free-Response Questions
Scoring guidelines for the sample exam questions within the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and Exam Description will be posted later this summer.