AP French Language and Culture - syllabus and guidelines


AP Langue et culture française


  • For the most part, you will complete the same content work as the students in Français 4. 

  • However, periodically, I will assign specific AP test prep assignments from your other textbook and workbook : Thèmes and AP French Worktext to prepare you for the types of test questions you will see on the AP test.  You will also have exercises to complete on the VHL site associated with these materials.

  • You will complete these assignments IN PLACE of the assignments that the Français 4 students are completing. 

  • The quizzes, tests and participation grades will be identical to those that the Français 4 students take.

  • In the second and third trimesters, I will ask you to come in one lunch per week for about 15 minutes to prepare for the speaking portion of the AP test.

  • COLLEGE BOARD AP FRENCH get test-taking tips, the AP calendar, daily videos and practice questions!!! 

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Exam Components

Section IA: Multiple Choice

30 questions 40 mins 23% of Score

This section presents 4 sets of authentic print sources (announcements/advertisements, literary texts, articles and charts, letters) with questions. The questions will ask you to:

  • Identify the main ideas and supporting details

  • Determine the meaning of vocabulary words in context

  • Identify the author’s point of view or the target audience

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural or interdisciplinary information contained in the text

Section IB: Multiple Choice with Audio

35 questions 55 mins 27% of Score

This section includes a variety of authentic audio sources, including conversations, audio reports, interviews, instructions, and presentations. It is divided into 2 subsections:

  • The first includes 2 sets of audio sources that are paired with print materials on the same topic with questions (articles and audio reports, charts and conversations)

  • The second includes 3 sets of audio sources with questions (interviews, instructions, presentations)

You will respond to questions about main ideas and supporting details. Some questions will require you to show understanding of cultural or interdisciplinary information.

You will have time to read a preview of each selection and skim the questions before listening to the audio. All audio texts will be played twice.

You are encouraged to take notes during this part of the exam and are given writing space for that purpose. Your notes will not be graded.

Section IIA: Free Response Written

2 questions 1hr 10 mins 25% of Score

There are two writing tasks in this section:

  • Interpersonal Writing: Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes).

  • Presentational Writing: Write an argumentative essay based on 3 sources, including an article, a table, chart, graph, or infographic, and a related audio source (played twice), that present different viewpoints on a topic (~55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write). You will have access to the print sources and any notes you may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.

Section IIB: Free Response Spoken

2 questions 18 mins 25% of Score

There are two speaking tasks in this section:

  • Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in 5 exchanges in a simulated conversation (20 seconds for each response). For this conversation, you will be provided with a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange.

Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2-minute presentation in response to a prompt in which you compare a cultural feature of a French-speaking community with which you are familiar to your own community or another community.