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AP French Exam Description

You can find below the AP French Exam description for both Section 1 and Section 2 of the AP French Language and Culture Test. 

AP French Exam Description for Section 1

 Number of Questions
Percent of Final Score
Approx. 95 min
Part A: 
  • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts
 30 questions
~ 40 min 
Part B: 
  • Interpretive Communication: Print and Audio Texts (combined)
  • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts

 35 questions
~ 55 min 

Part A consists of a variety of authentic print materials (such as journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, letters, maps, and tables) with a series of multiple-choice questions.

Part B consists of a variety of authentic audio materials, including interviews, podcasts, public service announcements, conversations, and brief presentations. This section is divided into two subsections. In the first, the audio texts are paired with print materials; the second consists solely of audio texts. Students are allowed some time to read the preview and skim the questions before listening to the audio. All audio texts are played twice.

AP French Exam Description for Section 2

  Number of Questions
 Percent of Final Score
Approx. 85 min 

  • Interpersonal Writing: Email Reply

1 prompt
 ~ 15 min

  • Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay

 1 prompt
 ~ 55 min
  •  Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation
 5 prompts
  •  Presentational Speaking: Cultural Comparison
 1 prompt
 2 min/response

Writing: In the writing portion, students demonstrate their ability to write in the interpersonal mode by replying to an e-mail message, and in the presentational mode by writing a persuasive essay based on three sources that present different viewpoints on a topic. The three sources are an article, a table or graphic, and an audio piece that is played twice. Students have 40 minutes to write the essay, during which they may have access to the print sources and any notes they took on the audio.

Speaking: In the speaking portion, students first demonstrate the interpersonal mode. The speaking portion assesses speaking in the Interpersonal mode by responding to questions as part of a simulated conversation; they first see a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange. In the second part of this portion, they demonstrate the presentational mode by giving a 2-minute presentation in response to a prompt on a cultural topic. The presentation is to compare cultural features of the student's own community with those in an area of the French-speaking world. Students are encouraged to cite examples from materials they have read, viewed, and listened to, as well as from personal experiences and observations.

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AP French Language & Culture Syllabus

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