AP German Language and Culture

Makeup test date and times

Date: June 5

Hawaii Time: 6 a.m.
Alaska Time: 8 a.m.
Pacific Time: 9 a.m.
Mountain Time: 10 a.m.
Central Time: 11 a.m.
Eastern Time: 12 p.m.
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Exam conflicts

If you have two makeup exams at the same time, you’ll be able to take one in the makeup testing window and the other in the final exception testing window in late June.

Exam timing

The timed exam content for AP German Language and Culture is 22 minutes long.

You’ll take the exam using the free AP World Languages Exam App. The app will guide you through the exam step by step. It will automatically record your responses and submit them.

On exam day, you'll click on the link in your e-ticket 30 minutes before the start time for your exam and fill in some information. You’ll be prompted to select Start My Exam to launch the AP WLEA and to complete your exam.

What to have ready on exam day

Required

  • e-ticket email (you’ll receive this two days before your exam)
  • Completed Exam Day Checklist, including AP ID
  • Device: An iOS or Android smartphone or tablet is required. The exam cannot be taken on laptop or desktop computers. Your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet must have:
    • AP World Language Exam App installed (available week of May 11)
    • Access to the internet by Wi-Fi or cellular data
    • At least 30 MB of available storage
    • At least 25% battery charge (or connection to a power source)
  • Browser: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Edge
  • Internet or cellular connection
  • Assistive technology and devices (if applicable, for students approved to test with accommodations)

Permitted

  • Your class notes or study guides
  • Textbooks and other classroom resources
  • A print, online, or app-based dictionary to look up words
  • Previous assignments or assessments
  • Paper and pen/pencil to take notes and prepare for tasks
  • Headphones with microphone (headphones without a microphone won't work)

Questions

Question 1 (consistent with current time for FRQ 3)

% of exam weight (rounded)

50%

Question name

Conversation

Question description

Question 1 is similar to the usual AP German Language and Culture Exam interpersonal speaking task, Conversation, but the task has been modified to allow for aural delivery only.

  • The conversation takes the form of a phone interview or survey. The (recorded) interlocutor is engaged in the research of topics related to young people. It is a peer-to-peer conversation.
  • The interlocutor will ask 5 questions, and the student will give as much detail and elaboration as possible in the 20 seconds allotted for each response. Each question will be asked only once, in German. The student will hear the directions for the task 4 times, twice in English and twice in German.
  • The student will hear an introduction of the interlocutor and the topic of the conversation, twice.
  • The student should take notes as they listen to the directions and the introduction. They will have 1 minute to prepare their thoughts on the topic and get ready to engage in the conversation, and then the interlocutor  will begin the conversation.
  • As is usually the case in the Conversation task, each time it is the student’s turn to speak, they will have 20 seconds to respond. A tone will sound to signal the start and end of their response time.
  • The interlocutor will start and end the conversation.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

FRQ 3, with minor adjustments to accommodate exam administration protocols.

Question 2 (consistent with current time for FRQ 4)

% of exam weight (rounded)

50%

Question name

Cultural Comparison

Question description

Question 2 is similar to the usual AP German Language and Culture Exam presentational speaking task, Cultural Comparison, but the task has been modified to allow for aural delivery only.

  • The student will hear the task directions, twice each in English and German.
  • The student will hear the cultural comparison prompt 3 times. They should take notes as they listen to the directions and the prompt.
  • The student will be asked to discuss a specified aspect of culture in a German-speaking community with which they are familiar, and compare it to that in their own or another community.
  • The student will have 4 minutes to prepare their presentation and 2 minutes to record it.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

FRQ 4, with minor adjustments to accommodate exam administration protocols.

What’s Covered

Units eligible for 2020 exam: Units 1–4

Units not included in 2020 exam: Units 5–6

Other course-specific info

This year, the AP German Language and Culture Exam has two speaking tasks. There are no written responses and no reading tasks.

Get detailed information about taking AP world language and culture exams.

Sample exam task directions and prompts for the 2020 exam

Download example exam task directions and prompts (.pdf/513 KB) similar to what you’ll see on the 2020 AP German Language and Culture Exam.

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