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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking Online AP Exams for the latest exam information.

New Practice Exams
Two new AP Chinese Language and Culture practice exams are available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank.

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Exam Overview

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

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

  • Event
    • FRI, MAY 14, 2021, NOON LOCAL

    AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam Day

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Exam Format

The AP Chinese 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, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials—won’t change.

Section 1A: Multiple Choice Listening

25–35 Questions | 20 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of audio materials. It is divided into two subsections:
    • Identify the appropriate continuation of a conversation
    • Answer questions about different types of listening stimuli (e.g., transportation announcements, voice messages, school conversations, radio reports, instructions, and uncontextualized dialogues)
  • Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details in the audio material
    • Determine the meaning of a variety of vocabulary and deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words
    • Decide the meaning of a text based on cultural and/or interdisciplinary information
    • Infer implied meaning through context  

Section 1B: Multiple Choice Reading

30–40 Questions | 60 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of print materials (e.g., notes, emails about sequence of events, pen pal letters, poster announcements, and short stories).
  • Students will be asked to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details in the written material
    • Determine the meaning of a variety of vocabulary and deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words
    • Decide the meaning of a text based on cultural and/or interdisciplinary information
    • Infer implied meaning through context  

Section 2A: Free Response Written

2 Tasks | 30 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Presentational Writing: Narrate a story suggested by a series of pictures (15 minutes)
  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and answer an email message (15 minutes)

Section 2B: Free Response Spoken

2 Tasks | 10 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Respond to a series of thematically linked questions as part of a simulated conversation (4 minutes)
  • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a presentation on a given aspect of Chinese culture (choose and describe one Chinese cultural practice or product, and explain its significance) (1 prompt; 7 minutes, preparation time: 4 minutes; response time: 2 minutes)

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.

2019: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

 

Speaking Audio Prompts

Scoring Guidelines

Chief Reader Report

Scoring Statistics

Interpersonal Writing

Email Response

Presentational Writing

Story Narration

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Presentation

 

Speaking Samples

Scoring Distribution