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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 the Exams for the latest exam information.

New Secure Practice Exams
Two new secure AP Japanese Language and Culture practice exams are now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank. The practice exams match this year’s exam specifications and include scoring guidelines and scoring worksheets. Note: the scoring worksheets use past averages, so the cut score ranges may not fully align with the 2020 exam standards.

You continue to have access to the 2016 practice exam on the AP Course Audit site and individual questions in the question bank. 

As a reminder, these exams are most appropriate for student practice late in the school year, as the exam date approaches.

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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 Japanese Language and Culture Course and Exam Description (CED) and the CED’s companion audio files.

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

  • Event
    • WED, MAY 5, 2021, NOON LOCAL

    AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam Day

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Exam Format

The AP Japanese Language 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.

Section 1A: Multiple Choice Listening

30-35 Questions | 20 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • This section consists of a variety of audio materials (e.g., public announcements, voice messages, instructions, cultural presentations, radio broadcasts, uncontextualized dialogues, and school debates).
  • 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., journalistic articles, short stories, email inboxes, letters, step-by-step instructions, and travel brochures).
  • 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

  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and answer text-chat messages (6 prompts; 10 minutes)
  • Presentational Writing: Write a compare-and-contrast article of 300–400 characters or longer on two related topics or two opposing sides of a single topic (1 prompt; 20 minutes)

 

Section 2B: Free Response Spoken

2 Tasks | 10 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in a simulated interpersonal conversation (4 prompts; 3 minutes)
  • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2-minute presentation presenting the student’s own view or perspective on a Japanese cultural practice or product (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 (available this fall). 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

Text Chat

Presentational Writing

Compare and Contrast Article

Interpersonal Speaking

Conversation

Presentational Speaking

Cultural Perspective Presentation

 

Speaking Samples

Scoring Distribution