AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Makeup test date and times

Date: June 2

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

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.

A timer will show how much time remains until the start of the exam.

Once the exam starts, the first exam question will automatically appear, and another timer will start counting down.

Your timer will show 30 minutes. You should take 25 minutes to read the question and work on your response, and 5 minutes to submit it. When the timer gets to 5 minutes, an alert will show. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response. Once your response to Question 1 has been submitted, you can’t go back to it.

When your submission for Question 1 is complete, the second exam question will appear and the timer will show 20 minutes. You should take 15 minutes to read the question and work on your response and 5 minutes to submit it. Again, the timer will give you an alert when 5 minutes remain. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response.

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: laptop, tablet, smartphone, desktop computer
  • Browser: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Edge
  • Internet or cellular connection
  • Assistive technology and devices (if applicable, for students approved to test with accommodations)

Recommended for students typing responses

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

Questions

Question 1 (25 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

60%

Question name

Essay: Text Comparison

Question description

Question 1 asks students to

  • Analyze the effect of literary figures and rhetorical devices that authors use to present a theme in a selection or fragment of text from the required reading list and a selection or fragment of a nonrequired text.
  • Compare the theme that the texts share and provide textual examples to support their analysis and comparison.

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

FRQ 4

  • This question is based on the structure of the Text Comparison question on the traditional AP Exam, with minor modifications to fit the exam timing.
  • Students will be provided with 2 texts for this essay. One will be selected from a reduced required-reading list (including 20 texts from units 1–6, see below), and the other will not be on the required reading list.
  • Students will be asked to compare the development of a theme in both texts, to analyze the effect of at least 2 literary devices in both texts in relation to the theme, and to provide examples from both texts to support their analysis.
  • Glosses for difficult words and expressions will be provided both for the required text and the non-required text.
  • Scoring for this question will be weighted more heavily on content than language usage.

Question 2 (15 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

40%

Question name

Short Answer: Text and Art Comparison

Question description

Question 2 asks students to compare how a theme is presented both in a selection or fragment of text from the required reading list and in a work from the visual arts.

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

FRQ 2

  • This question is based on the structure of the Text and Art comparison question on the traditional AP Exam, with minor modifications to fit the exam timing.
  • Students will be provided with a text selection from a work in the reduced required reading list (see below) and with an artwork. They will be asked to compare the representation of a theme found in that text selection and the artwork.
  • Glosses for difficult words and expressions will be provided for the required text.
  • Scoring for this question will be weighted more heavily on content than language usage.

What’s covered

Units eligible for 2020 exam: Units 1–6

Units not included in 2020 exam: Units 7–8

Other course-specific info

The 2020 AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam will only include text selections from a reduced version of the required reading list, namely the following 20 literary works:

Unit 1:

  • Romance de la pérdida de Alhama,” Anónimo

Unit 2:

  • Lazarillo de Tormes, Anónimo
  • Visión de los vencidos: “Se ha perdido el pueblo mexica,” Miguel León-Portilla
  • Soneto XXIII (“En tanto que de rosa y azucena”), Garcilaso de la Vega

Unit 3:

  • Soneto CLXVI (“Mientras por competir con tu cabello”), Luis de Góngora
  • “Hombres necios que acusáis,” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes
  • El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra, Tirso de Molina

Unit 4:

  • “En una tempestad,” José María Heredia
  • Rima LIII (“Volverán las oscuras golondrinas”), Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
  • “Las medias rojas,” Emilia Pardo Bazán

Unit 5:

  • San Manuel Bueno, mártir, Miguel de Unamuno
  • “Nuestra América,” José Martí
  • “A Roosevelt,” Rubén Darío
  • “El hijo,” Horacio Quiroga

Unit 6:

  • La casa de Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca
  • El hombre que se convirtió en perro, Osvaldo Dragún
  • “Walking around,” Pablo Neruda
  • “Mujer negra,” Nancy Morejón
  • “A Julia de Burgos,” Julia de Burgos

Sample Questions for the 2020 exam 

Download example questions (.pdf/588 KB) similar to what you'll see on the 2020 AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam.

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