World Languages: Check Your Tech—Updated June 1, 2020

You'll need a smartphone (iPhone or Android) or tablet (iPad or Android) to take the 2020 AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture Exams. And you'll need to download and install the AP World Languages Exam App on your device.


I'm not sure if I have the right kind of device. How can I check?

The AP WLEA can be used on smartphones and tablets that can download apps from the Apple App Store or from the Google Play Store. Since the app is now available for download, the best way to check whether your device works with the app is to try downloading it. If you're using a school-managed device, your district may need to download and install the app for you.

Note: You can launch your world language exam on a device running Android operating systems 7.0 and up or Apple (iOS) 11.0 or later. Browsers on smartphones or tablets running iOS 10 aren’t compatible with the initial check-in process, so these devices cannot be used unless they’re updated to iOS 11.0 or later.

Important: Before exam day, you should check whether you’ll be able to check in on your device. To do this, launch the exam demo on the smartphone or tablet you plan to use for your world language and culture exam. You don’t need to run through the whole exam demo, just make sure you can launch the demo and enter your AP ID. Please note that launching the exam demo is separate from practicing with the app in practice mode.

If you’re unable to launch the demo and you’re unable to update your browser or operating system, you’ll need to use a different device for your world language and culture exam.

Are there other device requirements?

The best way to ensure the app will work on your device during the exam is to download the app ahead of time and use it in practice mode. You'll need to be able to access the Apple App Store or Google Play on your device to download the app.

To use the app in practice mode and on exam day, your smartphone or tablet must have the AP WLEA installed, have at least 25% battery power (or be plugged in), have at least 30 MB free storage space, and have a stable connection to the internet—either through Wi-Fi or cellular data. The app will alert you if you need to address battery power, storage space, or internet connection.

Important: If you have the Google app on your device, don’t use it to access your e-ticket and check in to your AP world language exam(s). The Google app prevents the AP World Languages Exam App from launching when you click “Start My Exam.”

Make sure you’re in one of the supported browsers—Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Safari—after you click your e-ticket.

The Google app is not the same as Gmail or Chrome. If you use Gmail, you may access your e-ticket from your Gmail app.

Can I take my AP world language and culture exam on a Chromebook, laptop, or computer?

No. The AP World Languages Exam App runs on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads) or Android smartphones and tablets.

My internet connection is unreliable. Will I be able to use the app?

You don't need a continuous internet connection to take the exam, but you'll need to be connected when you launch the exam and again after your responses have been recorded so the app can submit them to the AP Program.

Do I need to set any special settings on my device?        

On exam day, you'll need to set your device to “do not disturb” mode and disable notifications and voice assistants (such as Siri). You should also clear the browser’s cache before clicking on your e-ticket to check in to your exam.

In addition, you must go to your device's display or accessibility settings to adjust the following before you use the app in practice mode and before you check in for your exam:

  • Text size should be set to Normal
  • Display size should be set to Default
  • Make sure your phone is not in dark mode (find this setting under display/brightness)

Also, use your device in portrait orientation (keep the device vertical) for your world language and culture exam.

If you make any changes to your settings, practice with those settings.

I understand my device needs 30 MB of free storage space—does that mean 30 MB of storage before or after the app is downloaded?

Once the app has been installed on your device, you'll need at least 30 MB of free storage on exam day to successfully run the exam app. If you don't have enough storage space on your device, you'll see an app notification—in either practice mode or on exam day—prompting you to free up storage space. For tips about freeing up storage space, go to Download the App.

I want to use headphones—are there any specifications?

Headphones are permitted but not required. If you plan to use headphones, they must have a microphone. Practice with the same technology you're planning to use for the exam to ensure your headphones work while using the app. If you're concerned about background noise in your environment, testing with headphones is a good idea to ensure sound quality.

We don't recommend using Bluetooth headphones or earbuds. However, if you want to use headphones such as Apple AirPods, we strongly recommend practicing with them using the app's practice mode so you know what to expect.


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