College Board AP (Advanced Placement) Test

The AP Language Tests are comprised of 2 sections and take approximately 3 hours to complete. It is given once a year in May and is available in 7 languages.

AP (Advanced Placement) Language Test Overview

Approximately 3 hours

Section I: Multiple Choice, 65 questions based on authentic audio, visual, and written resources, 95 minutes, 50% score

  • Comprehension and synthesis of information from a variety of authentic audio, visual, and audiovisual resources (Listening)

  • Comprehension and synthesis of information from a variety of authentic written and print resources (Reading/Listening)

Section II: Free-Response Section, 4 prompts, 80 minutes, 50% score (each prompt is 12.5%)

  • Interpersonal Writing – Email Reply

  • Presentational Writing – Persuasive Essay

  • Interpersonal Speaking – Simulated Conversation

  • Presentational Writing – Cultural Comparison

Aligned to the ACTFL Proficiency Scale

ACTFL Intermediate-Mid = AP Score of 3

ACTFL Advanced-Low = AP Score of 5

Nationally & Internationally Recognized

AP exams are commonly used for college credit and/or placement. State universities in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MN, NV, ND, OH, OR, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV award college credit for AP scores of 3 or higher.

Accepted by the Global Seal of Biliteracy

Yes. (AP Spanish Literature and Culture not accepted*)

Functional Fluency Requirements: AP Score of 3 or higher.

Working Fluency Requirements: AP Score of 5.

Professional Fluency Requirements: Not Available

How is it rated?

Exams are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with a composite score being given. Raters are trained and convene in June following testing. Algorithms validate testing prior to score release.


Schools approved by College Board. All exams are given in May. 2019 testing dates are May 6-17.


$94 per student in the US, US territories, and Canada (free & reduced lunch discounts)

$124 per student internationally (except above and DoDS)

Languages Offered:

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Latin

  • Spanish

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