Taking AP World Language and Culture Exams

This year’s AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams will be administered using a free new dedicated app, the AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA), now available for download. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets.

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The AP World Language Exam App is now available for download.

This year’s AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams are only administered through the AP World Languages Exam App. Use the app in practice mode—in English only, not the target language of your exam—before exam day to familiarize yourself with the experience. For practice with exam content, review sample questions for your subject. Download the app now.

This site has the latest information on how to prepare for and take the AP world language exams.

Review these pages for up-to-date recommendations and tips on downloading and practicing with the app, device information, and exam day details.

Use AP WLEA to take your exam on exam day.

You only need to download the app once. When you use the app before exam day, it will be in practice mode. On exam day, close the app before you check in to your exam using your e-ticket. Once you’ve checked in to your exam using your e-ticket, you’ll access the app in exam mode.

Make sure your device is ready.

To use the app, your smartphone or tablet must have the AP WLEA installed, have at least 25% battery power (or be plugged in), have at least 30MB 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 during practice mode or on exam day. You’ll also need to set your device to “do not disturb” and turn off notifications and voice assistants (like Siri). It’s not necessary to use headphones to take the exam, but you’re permitted to use them if you prefer.

FAQs

The timed portion of each exam is as follows:

  • AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture: 22 minutes
  • AP Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture: 15 minutes

See the full AP Exam Schedule 2020 for detailed information on exam timing.

For more information about exam specifications, go to World Languages: Taking the Exam.

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.

The app is compatible with Android operating systems 8.0 and up and Apple (iOS) 10.0 or later.

For more information about the AP WLEA, go to World Languages: Download the App.

For more information about technical requirements, go to World Languages: Check Your Tech.

No. This year the AP Exams in world languages and cultures have speaking tasks only. And the app manages the entire process of recording and uploading your responses.

For more information about exam specifications, go to World Languages: Taking the Exam.

The app manages the entire exam process—it will automatically record your responses and submit them when you’ve completed both tasks. You don’t need to independently record, save, or attach/submit your responses—it’s all done through the app.

For more information about exam specifications, go to World Languages: Taking the Exam.

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.

You’ll get an alert when you first launch the app if there’s no internet connection. You’ll need to establish a connection in order to begin the exam. If you lose your connection once the exam has started, don’t worrythe app will continue to administer your exam and record your responses. You’ll need an internet connection after your responses have been recorded so the app can submit them to the AP Program. You’ll get an alert if there’s no internet connection at this point. If this happens, try to restore your internet connection. The app will continue to try to submit your responses.

For more information about technical requirements, go to World Languages: Check Your Tech.