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General Information

The process for installing and administering these exams is the same as it was in 2021. AP coordinators who ordered a 2022 AP Chinese or AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam will be sent an email in late March from the AP Program. The email will include the link to the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide and instructions for installing the exam application on testing computers.

The setup and administration guide will be available in late March and emailed to AP coordinators who ordered a 2022 AP Chinese or AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam. The guide will also be posted on collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin in late March.

No. For testing computers that already have the exam application installed from 2021, you don't need to reinstall. The exam application will automatically update when it’s launched. Refer to the late March email from the AP Program and the setup and administration guide for details about running readiness checks and administering exams.

Yes. IT staff must be available during setup of the exam application and also on exam day.

  • Technical support is available during the installation phase (March–April) at 609-406-5640 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday or via email at APiBTTech@ets.org. (Schools outside the U.S. can send an email to schedule phone support outside of these hours. Emails will receive a response within one business day.)
  • On exam day, technical support is available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If calling technical support during the exam, use the Administrator Override (CTRL+SHIFT+?) followed by the Administrator Override password and choose Stop the Current Testing Session. If you need to stop during the listening or speaking parts of the exam, power down the testing computer so that the timer stops and the student doesn’t miss a question. If you get an error message, write down the error message, then call technical support.

The exams have specific hardware and software requirements. For complete hardware/software and technical configuration requirements refer to the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin) or the "AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams" section in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 .

Information about administration incidents will be in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

In late March, AP coordinators will be sent an email, which contains:

  • The link to install the exam application for Windows, Mac, or Chromebook.
  • The link to the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide.
  • The Administrator Override password that proctors will need on exam day.

Yes. Testing computers need to be school owned and controlled.

Testing Sites

  • The room/location used for testing must have reliable internet access and available power sources so students can plug in computers if needed. See the "Technical Configuration Requirements" section in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

You can consider using off-site locations to test students or order alternate exams for late testing to allow some students to test during a later date. See the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for details about off-site testing locations.

Exam Format

The AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams are administered on Windows PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks, using an exam application that’s been installed before exam day. Other AP world language and culture exams are paper and pencil.

The timing is embedded in the exam application, including the time for the responses and the time for the break between Section I and Section II.

The students’ spoken responses to the prompts are recorded through the headset microphone and uploaded to the AP Program’s server for scoring. Remind students to speak at a normal volume when recording.

Yes. There is a 10-minute break between Section I (multiple-choice) and Section II (free-response).

Chinese Language and Culture Exam

The exam assesses learning at the level of a fourth-semester (or the equivalent) college course in Mandarin Chinese. To learn more, visit the course and exam page.

  • The AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam is approximately 2 hours long and has two sections: multiple-choice and free-response. For more information, visit the course and exam page.
  • Additional time should be expected for tasks such as distributing materials (i.e., scratch paper and AP ID label sheets), completing identification information, reading instructions aloud, and collecting materials. The total time of an AP Exam administration can vary considerably, depending on the number of students involved. See the "Estimated Timing for AP Exam Administrations" in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2. All students must take the break at the same time and be dismissed at the same time at the end of testing.

Yes. Students can compose their written responses on the computer using either Pinyin or Bopomofo. Within the exam application, students will be instructed how and when to select from one of the three input methods: Pinyin Simplified, Pinyin Traditional, and Bopomofo. Students will have the option to toggle between the inputs.

Let students know that hitting the Shift or Caps Lock key will switch the input language to English. To switch the input language back to Chinese, they must hit the Shift or Caps Lock key again.

Japanese Language and Culture Exam

The exam assesses learning attained by students who have completed approximately 300 hours of college-level instruction in Japanese. To learn more, visit the course and exam page.

  • The AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam is approximately 2 hours long and has two sections: multiple-choice and free-response. For more information, visit the course and exam page .
  • Additional time should be expected for tasks such as distributing materials (i.e., scratch paper and AP ID label sheets), completing identification information, reading instructions aloud, and collecting materials. The total time of an AP Exam administration can vary considerably, depending on the number of students involved. See “Estimated Timing for AP Exam Administrations” in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2. All students must take the break at the same time and be dismissed at the same time at the end of testing.

Technical Requirements

  • Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • macOS 10.7+
  • Chrome OS 67+
  • All technical requirements are detailed in the "System Requirements" section of the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin) and the "AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams" section in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.

Yes. These exams can be administered on Chrome OS 67+. Chromebooks must be under the management control of Google Workspace for Education (formerly Google G-Suite).

Yes, there are monitor screen size requirements to ensure a standardized testing experience for all students. The Chinese and Japanese characters will only display clearly on CRT monitors that measure at least 9.5 inches diagonally on all devices.

The following headsets (one headset per each student testing) are recommended, but you may use any headsets that meet the headset requirements listed in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin) and the "AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams" section in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.

Wireless or Bluetooth® headsets are not permitted during the AP Chinese or AP Japanese Exams.

Yes.

Before exam day:

  • Check the connection of the headsets that will be used with the testing computers. Older headsets with newer computers might not be compatible.
  • During the initial readiness checks, use the headsets that will be used for testing to ensure they're compatible.
  • Clean the headsets.

For the exam:

  • Be sure the same headsets are used that were tested during the readiness checks.
  • It's recommended to have some extra headsets available.
  • Yes. You may use desktops and laptops to administer the exams. All testing computers (including laptops) must be school owned and controlled.
  • To avoid potential problems restarting the exam, be sure students do not fold the screens down on laptops during any breaks including the scheduled break between Sections I and II.
  • If you have questions or concerns about computers for the exams, contact technical support.

Exam Installation and Readiness Checks

  • AP coordinators will be emailed by the AP Program when the exam application is available for download and installation at the end of March.
  • For testing computers that already have the exam application installed from 2021, you don't need to reinstall. The exam application will automatically update when it's launched.
  • Schools need to download and install the exam application on each testing computer planned for use on exam day. All details and instructions for downloading and installing the exam application are in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).
  • During the setup process, a best practice is to prepare extra testing computers before exam day in case a student encounters an issue while taking the exam. If an exam issue can’t be resolved by restarting the exam, the student may need to move to another testing computer.
  • A continuous internet connection is required during setup and during the exam administration. Setup includes:
    1. Installing the exam application on each testing computer and
    2. Running a readiness check on each testing computer.
  • Technical support will contact schools that have not completed installation and readiness checks by late April.

No. After the AP coordinator receives the link to install the exam application, they should begin installation and readiness checks on all testing computers about 4 to 5 weeks before the exam administration. Installation does not need to be completed on all testing computers on the same day.

No. The same exam application is used for both AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams. You can use the same computers to administer these exams.

  • The readiness check must be done twice on each testing computer:
    • The first, at least a few weeks before the exam—to allow time to resolve any technical issues related to network and/or test station firewalls/security.
    • The second, within 5 days before the exam date—to ensure settings haven’t changed on the testing computers since your initial readiness check.
  • If the final readiness check isn't completed on each computer within 5 days before the exam date, students will need to complete the final readiness check on exam day before they can launch the exam.
  • It’s strongly recommended to install the exam application and run the readiness check as soon as possible on each computer that will be used for testing. Complete installation and the initial readiness check at least a few weeks before the exam to ensure computers are properly configured and to run practice exams.
  • Install the exam application and complete the initial readiness check on all testing computers no later than April 11 if your school is administering Japanese or both exams, and by April 20 if your school is administering only the Chinese exam. After this date, technical support will contact you if they don’t have a record of completed setup at your school.

The initial setup should take less than 10 minutes per testing computer. Allow enough time in your planning calendar to complete two readiness checks—the first needs to be run on each testing computer at least a few weeks before the exam and the second within 5 days before the exam date.

No. The exams run the same on all operating systems.

Yes. See the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin), which includes all system requirements and technical configuration requirements.

The Activation Key is needed for students to start the exam. The AP coordinator or proctor generates the Activation Key through the Administrator Console on exam day. Details about the Activation Key are in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

The Administrator Console can be accessed by AP coordinators before the exam administration and by coordinators and proctors on exam day. The link to the Administrator Console and details for using it are in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

  • The access code is the AP Registration and Ordering access code, which the AP coordinator used to initially access AP Registration and Ordering at the start of this school year.
  • The access code is needed to log in to the Administrator Console.
  • AP coordinators can view their school’s AP Registration and Ordering access code from the  homepage after signing in to AP Central or myap.collegeboard.org.

This is provided in the late March email from the AP Program to the AP coordinator and is needed to interrupt an exam for an unscheduled break or emergency stop.

AP coordinators who ordered an AP Chinese or AP Japanese Exam should receive an email in late March with information about installing the exam application. If you can’t locate the email, contact AP Services for Educators at 877-274-6474 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada) or 212-632-1781 as soon as possible.

Only on Chromebooks. Centralized deployment can only be performed on Chromebooks using the Google Administrative Console. The person who handles the installation process needs to perform various readiness checks (to verify the testing computer’s audio and video capabilities) on each computer individually during the deployment process. Review the "Readiness Checks" section in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

  • Yes. Once the exam application has been installed, students can run practice exams. (The AP coordinator or IT staff can also run a practice exam.) The practice exam is optional, but it’s strongly recommended that it’s run by the AP coordinator, or IT staff, and students well before exam day.
  • The practice exam takes about 60 minutes.
  • All four parts of each exam are covered in the practice exam—reading, listening, speaking, and writing. It is highly recommended that students practice using the same operating system that they’ll use when taking the actual exam (e.g., Windows, Chromebook, or Mac). This will provide the optimal testing experience for your students.
  • Practice exam responses aren't saved and can't be viewed.
  • Work with your IT administrator before the exam administration to install the exam application on each computer that will be used for testing.
  • Run a readiness check on each computer after installing the exam application.
  • Log in to the Administrator Console and view the School Readiness Status tab to view computers that have passed or failed readiness checks. The Administrator Console displays readiness checks run during the last 6 days.
  • It’s also strongly recommended that you run a practice exam well before exam day. It will familiarize you with the exam application and flow of the exam and allow you time to resolve any technical issues.
  • Run a final readiness check on each computer within 5 days before the exam date.

Input Method Editors (IMEs)

IMEs are Input Method Editors used for typing Chinese or Japanese characters in student responses. No installation is required to use IMEs. Because the exam application uses Google IMEs, internet connectivity is required throughout the exam. Students can use the practice exam to become familiar with the IMEs.

The required IMEs are installed automatically in the exam application.

You can confirm that IMEs are enabled by running the practice exam and typing in the writing part.

Exam Day

The proctor will provide instructions to students about completing identification information and launching the exam. The proctor script will be in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

  • Exam rooms used for testing must have a reliable internet connection.
  • Follow all seating requirements in the “Seating Policy” section in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
  • Power sources should be available in case students need to plug in laptops. Make sure power strips and power cords are secured and not in a place where they could get tangled.
  • If using an off-site location for testing, make sure the location has reliable internet connectivity and can handle the power load of the number of testing computers that will be used.

The exam application prevents students from accessing other programs, locally or on the internet, while the exam is in progress. As per current AP Program policy, access to any other electronic devices is prohibited during the exam administration.

The scratch paper template is available for download at collegeboard.org/apdownloads. It’s also in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

Keep students monitored and quiet. Refer to the "Administration Incidents" section of the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

If there's a technical issue on exam day, follow the instructions in the "Troubleshooting" and "Breaks and Emergency Stops" sections of the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

No. To avoid potential problems restarting the exam, be sure students do not fold down laptop screens at any point during the exam, including during any scheduled or unscheduled breaks.

  • In an emergency, the primary concern should be the safety of everyone present. If necessary, evacuate everyone immediately.
  • If there's enough time, refer to the "Breaks and Emergency Stops" section of the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin) for instructions on stopping the exams.
  • Lock the testing room door after everyone has exited.

Use the Administrator Override (CTRL+SHIFT+?) followed by the Administrator Override password. More information is in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).

Note: The Administrator Override cannot be used during the listening and speaking parts of the exam.

If an unavoidable event necessitates an exam cancellation, call AP Services for Educators at 877-274-6474 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada) or 212-632-1781 as soon as possible to order exams for a later exam administration.

After the Administration

Student responses are submitted to the AP Program through the exam application during the exam.

No. Student responses are not saved to the testing computers.

If you'd like to remove the exam application from your testing computers, you can, but it isn't necessary. If you do choose to remove the exam application, ensure there are no students who will be using the testing computer to take an AP Chinese or AP Japanese Exam in a later administration this year.

  • Once students have completed testing, the proctor collects the three sheets of scratch paper from each student.
  • Shred used scratch paper immediately. Do not return used scratch paper to the AP Program unless it needs to be submitted as part of an Incident Report (IR).

Accommodations

  • If you’re unsure what accommodations a student is approved for, your school’s SSD coordinator can check the student’s approved accommodations through SSD Online.
  • The following types of accommodations can be enabled through the exam application:
    • Extended time
    • Additional breaks
    • Repetition of aural stimuli
    • Audio transcript
    • Screen reader*
    • Adjustable screen color*
    • Screen magnification*
      *If you have students with approved accommodations for screen reader, adjustable screen color, or screen magnification over 400% (more than 20 pt.), these accommodations require software to be installed on the testing computer. ETS technical support will contact you to help set up testing computers for these students. If you have students approved to test with these accommodations and you haven't been contacted by ETS by April 4 (if you’re administering the AP Japanese Exam), or April 13 (if you’re administering the AP Chinese Exam), please call 609-406-5640. All other accommodations listed above are enabled within the exam application and don’t require additional setup.
  • If you have students approved for accommodations not listed above, contact the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities.
  • Information about enabling accommodations on testing computers is in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).
  • Yes. Extended time is available through the exam application for students approved for time and one-half (+50%) or double time (+100%). On exam day, the proctor will need to enable these accommodations on the approved student's testing computer. See the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin) for more information.
  • If you have questions about enabling extended time through the exam application, contact technical support at APiBTTech@ets.org or 609-406-5640.
  • Students testing with extended time or approved for accommodations that include a reader, writer, or equipment that might disturb others must test in separate rooms from students testing without accommodations. See the 2021-22 AP SSD Guidelines for details.
  • Contact the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office at 844-255-7728 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada) or 212-713-8333 with questions about accommodations.

No. For the Chinese and Japanese exams, extended time is enabled through the exam application for time and one-half (+50%) and double time (+100%). On exam day, the proctor will need to enable these accommodations on the approved student's testing computer.

Students with documented disabilities can test with accommodations that have been approved by the College Board SSD office. Some accommodations can be enabled through the exam application. See the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin) for details.

Details for administering exams for students approved for breaks as needed, extra breaks, extended breaks, or extra and extended breaks are in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide (available in late March at collegeboard.org/apcj-examadmin).