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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 Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description .

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

  • Event
    • Thu, May 7, 2020

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam Day

    • 8 a.m. | 3 hrs

Exam Format

The AP Spanish Literature 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

15 Questions | 20 Minutes | 10% of Exam Score

  • This section includes 3 sets of questions based on authentic audio texts including:
    • An excerpt from an interview with an author
    • A recited poem that is not on the required reading list
    • A presentation on a literary topic related to course content
  • Students will have time to skim the questions for each set before listening to the audio.
  • The interview and presentation will be played once; the recited poem will be played twice.

Section 1B: Multiple Choice

50 Questions | 1 Hour | 40% of Exam Score

  • This section includes 6 sets of 7–10 questions based on readings from a variety of genres, periods, and places in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Readings include:
    • Works from the required reading list
    • Works outside the required reading list
    • 1 passage of literary criticism regarding a work or author from the list
  • 1 set will contain 2 passages that are related by theme—one of those passages is taken from the required reading list and the other is from a non-required text.


Section 2: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour, 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • 2 Short-Answer Questions. Suggested time: 15 minutes each (~30 minutes). 
    • Text Explanation: Students read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list, identify the author and period of the text, and explain the development of a given theme found within the excerpt in relation to the whole work from which the excerpt is taken.
    • Text and Art Comparison: Students read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and study an image of a work of art (e.g., a painting, photograph, sculpture, or drawing) related by theme to the text. They are asked to compare how a particular theme is represented in both the text and the image, and then to connect that theme to the genre, period, or movement of the text.
  • 2 Essay Questions. Suggested time: 35 minutes each (~70 minutes).
    • Analysis of a Single Text: Students read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and then analyze how the text represents the characteristics of a particular genre as well as a particular historical, cultural, or social context.
    • Text Comparison: Students read 2 excerpts related by theme, one from a text on the required list, the other from a text not on the list and analyze the effect of literary devices that the authors use in the texts to develop a particular theme that is provided in the question prompt.

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

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