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The AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams and the AP Music Theory Exam require students to record responses. All student audio responses for these exams must be submitted through the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal to be scored.

The table below shows the requirements for the recording methods approved by the AP Program. Schools must adhere to these criteria to ensure exam security. See the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for all policies about audio recording.

Reminder: Make sure student-recorded responses from any previous year’s exams and any practice responses have been deleted from recording devices and from any network drives and folders before they are used for this year’s exam. If you don’t delete old files, you run the risk of submitting the wrong files to the AP Program.

Approved Recording Methods

  Digital language lab Handheld recording device Computer DAC app running or iPad or Chromebook
Ownership Must be school owned and controlled. (Under no circumstances can students use their own personal devices.)
Software required Manufacturer's software/program None Use MP3 recording software (e.g., Audacity). DAC app (No other recording software may be used.)
Installation before exam day None Install MP3 recording software on every testing computer. Download/install DAC app on every testing iPad or Chromebook.
Internet connectivity Student access to the internet must be blocked or disabled. Wi-Fi must be enabled for DAC app to directly upload files to DAS portal.
Camera/webcam restricted Any camera/webcam must be inaccessible or disabled. iPad camera must be enabled for app to scan AP ID barcode label.

Chromebook Bluetooth, external camera, and built-in webcam must be inaccessible or disabled.
File format required Follow manufacturer’s instructions for saving MP3 files. Device must be able to save files in MP3 format. Follow MP3 recording software instructions for saving files. DAC app saves and uploads files directly to DAS portal.
Saving recorded files Lab must be able to save MP3 files to the proctor console computer or to a secure school network folder. Device must have a way to transfer files to a computer. Computer must be set up to save MP3 files locally to the testing computer or to a secure school network folder.
Headsets World Language and Culture Exams: Headsets* are allowed. Wireless headsets and earbuds are prohibited.
Music Theory Exams: Headsets and earbuds are not allowed.

*Ensure any headsets used are compatible with the recording device.

Note: The AP Program does not endorse any particular brand of recording device or equipment. Regardless of the recording method being used, AP Exams must be administered following the procedures in the 2021-22 AP Exam Instructions.

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