AP Italian Language and Culture

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About the Exam

Important Update

2021 AP Italian Language and Culture Exams will be administered in early May, late May, and early June. This subject does not have an at-home version of the exam—access to online translation applications and other resources means that a full-length exam can't be securely and fairly administered at home. 2021 AP Italian Language and Culture Exams will only be available in schools or school-proctored locations.

The exam will cover the full scope of course content, giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

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 Italian Language and Culture only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.


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The AP Italian Language and Culture Exam will test your ability to apply communication and language skills developed in the course and ask you to demonstrate your understanding of Italian culture.

Exam Duration
3hrs

Exam Dates

  • Fri, May 14, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Italian Language and Culture Exam

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam.

  • Fri, May 21, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Italian Language and Culture Exam

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam.

  • Fri, Jun 4, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Italian Language and Culture Exam

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam.

Exam Components

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 Italian 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 2021 AP Italian Language and Culture Exam will only be available in schools or in school-proctored locations.

30 questions 40mins 23% of Score

  • This section presents 4 sets of authentic print sources (announcements/advertisements, literary texts, articles and charts, letters) with questions. The questions will ask you to:
    • Identify the main ideas and supporting details
    • Determine the meaning of vocabulary words in context
    • Identify the author’s point of view or the target audience
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural or interdisciplinary information contained in the text

35 questions 55mins 27% of Score

  • This section includes a variety of authentic audio sources, including conversations, audio reports, interviews, instructions and presentations. It is divided into 2 subsections:
    • The first includes 2 sets of audio sources that are paired with print materials on the same topic with questions (articles and audio reports, charts and conversations)
    • The second includes 3 sets of audio sources with questions (interviews, instructions, presentations)
  • You will respond to questions about main ideas and supporting details. Some questions will require you to show understanding of cultural or interdisciplinary information.
  • You will have time to read a preview of each selection and skim the questions before listening to the audio. All audio texts will be played twice.
  • You are encouraged to take notes during this part of the exam and are given writing space for that purpose. Your notes will not be scored.

2 questions 1hr 10mins 25% of Score

There are two writing tasks in this section:

  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes).
  • Presentational Writing: Write an argumentative essay based on 3 sources, including an article, a table, chart, graph, or infographic, and a related audio source (played twice), that present different viewpoints on a topic (~55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write). You will have access to the print sources and any notes you may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.

2 questions 18mins 25% of Score

There are two speaking tasks in this section:

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in 5 exchanges in a simulated conversation (20 seconds for each response). For this conversation, you will be provided with a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange.
  • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2-minute presentation in response to a prompt in which you compare a cultural feature of an Italian-speaking community with which you are familiar to your own community or another community.

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