AP German Language and Culture

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Advanced Placement German Language and Culture (also known as AP German Language and Culture, AP German Language or AP German) is a course and examination provided by the College Board through the Advanced Placement Program. This course is designed to give high school students the opportunity to receive credit in a college-level German language course. It is generally taken in the fourth year of high school German study.[1]

The exam[edit]

The AP German Language and Culture exam administered around the end of the academic year is split into two parts, a multiple choice section and a free response section, each with equal value in the overall exam score.[1]

Multiple Choice Section[edit]

For the first part of the multiple choice section of the exam, the student is asked to respond to print materials such as journalistic and literary texts, advertisements, and letters. This part contains 30 questions and lasts for 40 minutes.

In the second part, the student is asked to respond to some print texts paired with audio texts such as interviews, podcasts, and conversations. This part contains 35 questions and lasts about 55 minutes.[1]

Free Response Section[edit]

In the free response section students are asked to write a reply to an email message written in German, and a persuasive essay based on 3 provided sources and a prompt, demonstrating interpersonal and presentational writing skills.

Students are then asked to respond to a simulated conversation in voice and then to give a presentation comparing their own culture to the culture of the German-speaking world, demonstrating skills in interpersonal and presentational speaking.

The free response section takes about 1 hour and 28 minutes in total.[1]

AP German Literature[edit]

The College Board originally offered two AP German exams, AP German Language and AP German Literature. However, in 1983, due to the persistently low number of AP German Literature exam students, the College Board dropped the Literature exam and since then only offered the AP German Language exam.

Grade distribution[edit]

The grade distributions for the AP German Language and Culture exam since 2012 are:

Score 2012[2] 2013[3] 2014[4] 2015[5] 2016[6] 2017[7]
5 26.2% 25.9% 23.1% 24.7% 21.4% 22.6%
4 25.6% 23.4% 23.1% 24.0% 22.5% 24.5%
3 27.5% 28.4% 27.1% 28.2 27.0% 28.8%
2 13.9% 16.3% 18.5% 16.6% 20.6% 17.4%
1 6.8% 6.0% 8.2% 6.4% 8.5% 6.7%
Mean 3.50 3.47 3.34 3.44 3.28
Standard Deviation 1.21 1.21 1.24 1.21 1.25
Number of Students 4,754 4,966 5,111 5,103 4,945

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "AP German Language and Culture Course Overview" (PDF). The College Board. December, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "AP German Language Student Score Distributions - Global" (PDF). The College Board. 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "AP German Language Student Score Distributions - Global" (PDF). The College Board. 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "AP German Language Student Score Distributions - Global" (PDF). The College Board. 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "AP German Language and Culture Student Score Distributions - Global" (PDF). The College Board. 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "AP German Language and Culture Student Score Distributions - Global" (PDF). The College Board. 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Registration, Total. "2017 AP Exam Score Distributions". www.totalregistration.net. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 

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