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Important Updates

2021 Exam Information
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exams will be administered in early May, late May, and early June. This subject does not have an at-home version of the exam—students’ access to online translation applications and other resources means that a full-length exam can't be securely and fairly administered at home. 2021 AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exams will only be available in schools or school-proctored locations.

The exam will cover the full scope of course content, giving students the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Spanish Literature and Culture only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.

AP Daily and AP Classroom
Short, searchable AP Daily videos can be assigned alongside topic questions to help you cover all course content, skills, and task models, and check student understanding. Unlock personal progress checks so students can demonstrate their knowledge and skills unit by unit and use the progress dashboard to highlight progress and additional areas for support. As the exam approaches, assign AP practice exams in the AP Classroom question bank and encourage students to take advantage of AP Daily: Live Review sessions April 19–29.

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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information, download the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description (CED) and the CED’s companion audio files.

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

Exam Dates

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    • FRI, MAY 7, 2021, 8 AM LOCAL

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam—Administration 1

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    • FRI, MAY 21, 2021, 12 PM LOCAL

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam—Administration 2

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    • FRI, JUN 4, 2021, 12 PM LOCAL

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam—Administration 3

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Exam Format

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Note on 2021 exams: There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Spanish Literature and Culture only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

To ensure equitable and secure testing of full course content and skills, the 2021 AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam will only be available in schools or school-proctored locations.

Section IA: 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 IB: 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 II: 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

2020 (Last Year’s) Free-Response Questions

Last year’s free-response questions are available in the AP Classroom question bank for teachers to assign to students as homework or in class, and do not require secure assessment using the LockDown Browser. Since the 2020 exams had to be designed for highly unusual circumstances, these questions were updated, where possible, to best match the format of free-response questions in the course and exam description and on traditional AP Exams.

Sign in to AP Classroom to access resources including personal progress checks and a question bank with topic questions and practice exams aligned to the current course and exam.

To preserve the large number of new FRQs for teacher use, only teachers have access to the 2020 FRQs. If you are a higher education faculty member interested in seeing questions, please fill out this request form.

2019 Free-Response Questions

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.