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 at a computer. 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.
Fri, May 14, 2021,
12 PM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.
Fri, May 21, 2021,
12 PM Local
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.
Fri, Jun 4, 2021,
12 PM Local
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.
Note on 2021 Exams
There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Chinese Language and Culture only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
To ensure equitable and secure testing of full course content and skills, the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam will only be available in schools or in school-proctored locations.
25–35 questions 20mins 25% of Score
35–40 questions 1hr 25% of Score
2 questions 30mins 25% of Score
2 tasks, 7 questions 11mins 25% of Score
2021 AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam Overview
This overview walks through the screens within the exam application.
AP Classroom Resources
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2019 AP Chinese Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines
Review the released free-response questions to get an idea of the exam format and content. Includes audio files and transcripts.
2019 AP Chinese Free-Response Questions
Review the released free-response questions to get an idea of the exam format and content.
2019 AP Chinese Language and Culture Scoring Guidelines
See the guidelines that the AP Program used to score the free-response questions.
Conversation Audio File
Cultural Presentation Audio File
Cultural Presentation Transcript
AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive
Review free-response questions, sample student responses, and scoring guidelines from 2018 and earlier