AP Spanish Language and Culture

In 2021, AP Spanish Language and Culture will be offered in person on:

  • Test Date: Friday May 22 2020, 04:00 PM EDT
  • Score Release Date: July 2021

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Test Details

The AP Spanish Language and Culture exam will consist of 2 online free response questions. The total time for the exam will be 45 minutes. The test is open note and open book. Read more about the College Board's academic integrity policy.

Time on the exam will be divided between two questions. Each question will have a 5 minute upload period for students to submit their work. After a student submits their work for the first question, they will not be able to return back to it.

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Units Covered

The units covered on the 2021 AP Spanish Language and Culture exam will be adjusted to encourage fairness amongst students who have missed varying levels of school due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Units covered: Units 1–4
Units not covered: Units 5–6

Test Questions


Question #1
Time: 25 minutes
Weight: 50%

Question 1 is similar to the usual AP Spanish 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 Spanish. The student will hear the directions for the task 4 times, twice in English and twice in Spanish.
  • 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.
Cultural Comparison

Question #2
Time: 15 minutes
Weight: 50%

Question 2 is similar to the usual AP Spanish 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 Spanish.
  • The student will hear the cultural comparison prompt 3 times. They should take notes as they listen to the directions and the cultural comparison prompt.
  • The student will be asked to discuss a specified aspect of culture in a Spanish-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.

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Academic Integrity

College Board is taking a strong stance against cheating on the 2021 online Spanish Language and Culture test. The following anti-cheating measures will be deployed on testing day to prevent cheating amongst students:

  • Submitted work will be run through plaigarism detection tools (similar to TurnItIn)
  • College Board will watch online resources looking for collaboration amongst students (shared Google Documents, Discord groups, internet forums)
  • Teachers will review the student's submitted work and are encouraged to inform the College Board if the work looks different than what a student normally produces.
  • College Board will use additional unreleased heuristics to determine whether or not students have cheated in any way.

Students found violating the academic integrity policy will suffer severe consequences, including:

  • If found cheating, test scores will be cancelled.
  • If found distributing exam content or exam responses, or found coordinating effors to distribute exam content or responses, the student will will be blocked from testing and their scores will be cancelled.
  • Students found in violation of any academic integrity violations will have their high school notified of the violation, and action can be taken accordingly at the high school level.
  • Additionally, any organization the student has sent or will send College Board score reports to will be notified of the academic integrity policy violation.
  • Students who violate the policy will further be barred from taking any additional College Board exams such as the SAT or AP tests.
  • In certain situations, College Board will include local law enforcement to determine if prosecution of the student is possible.
  • If you have knowledge of online cheating occuring, please notify the College Board. Reports are anonymous and can be made online.