AP Japanese Language and Culture
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The AP Japanese 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 Japanese. Throughout the exam, you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of Japanese-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. The input method for typing Japanese is the Google Japanese IME, which allows you to type in different modes including hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Instructions are provided on the exam screens.
Wed, May 5, 2021,
12 PM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam.
Fri, May 21, 2021,
8 AM Local
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam.
Fri, Jun 4, 2021,
8 AM Local
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japanese Language and Culture Exam will only be available in schools or in school-proctored locations.
30–35 questions 20mins 25% of Score
35–40 questions 1hr 25% of Score
2 tasks, 7 questions 30mins 25% of Score
2 Tasks, 5 questions 11mins 25% of Score
2021 AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam Overview
This overview walks through the screens within the exam application.
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2021 AP Japanese Language and Culture Free-Response Questions
Review the released free-response questions to get an idea of the exam format and content. Includes audio files and transcripts.
AP Japanese 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.