AP Chinese Language and Culture
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The AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam will test your ability to apply communication skills developed in the course, including interpreting different types of written and audio texts, writing to and speaking with others, and presenting your ideas in written and spoken Chinese. Throughout the exam, you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of Chinese-speaking cultures.
The exam is administered in schools on computers. On exam day, you will read text on the screen, listen through a headset, type using the keyboard, and speak into a microphone.
Chinese text on the screen can be displayed in simplified characters or in traditional characters, and you may toggle between the two versions if necessary. When typing your responses in the Writing part of the exam, you may choose from the following three input methods: Pinyin Simplified, Pinyin Traditional, and Bopomofo. The display and input options will have no effect on your exam score.
25–35 questions 20mins 25% of Score
This section consists of a variety of audio materials, including transportation announcements, voice messages, school conversations, radio reports, instructions, and dialogues. It is divided into 2 subsections:
35–40 questions 1hr 25% of Score
This section consists of a variety of written materials (e.g., journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, signs, brochures, and posters). Questions will test your ability to:
2 questions 30mins 25% of Score
2 tasks, 7 questions 11mins 25% of Score
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2021 AP Chinese Language and Culture Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines
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2021 AP Chinese Language and Culture Free-Response Questions
2021 AP Chinese Language and Culture Scoring Guidelines
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Conversation Audio File
Cultural Presentation Audio File
Cultural Presentation Transcript
AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam Free-Response Questions and Scoring Information Archive
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