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INTRODUCTION

The AP Japanese Language and Culture course and exam are an important step in a commitment by the College Board to further multiculturalism and multilingualism in secondary school education.

“Through the world language programs, the College Board hopes to make a significant contribution to secondary school curricula,” College Board President Gaston Caperton said. “World events make it ever more obvious that a broad knowledge and understanding of other languages and cultures is essential for our young people.”

Section
Question Type and
Knowledge/Skills Assessed
Number of Questions and
% Weight of Final Score
Time
Section I
Multiple Choice
70 questions
50%
1 hour
and
30 minutes
Part A:
Listening
Listening Selections
Sample Stimulus Types:
• Conversation
• Debate
• Instructions
• Message
• Presentation
• Public announcement
• Radio broadcast
Knowledge/skills:
• Interpretive communication
• Comprehension; inference
30–35 questions
25%
20 minutes
(Response time:
12 seconds
per question)
Part B:
Reading
Reading Selections
Sample Stimulus Types:
• E-mail
• Instructions
• Letter
• News article
• Short story
• Travel brochure
Knowledge/skills:
• Interpretive communication
• Comprehension; inference
35–40 questions
25%
60 minutes

Section
Question Type and
Knowledge/Skills Assessed
Number of Questions and
% Weight of Final Score
Time
Part A:
Speaking
Conversation
Knowledge/skills:
• Interpersonal communication
• Participate in conversation by
responding appropriately
4 questions
12.5%
3 minutes
(Response
time:
20 seconds
per question)
Cultural Perspective Presentation
Knowledge/skills:
• Presentational communication
• Describing and expressing opinion
about a Japanese cultural practice
or product
1 question
12.5%
7 minutes
(Preparation
time:
4 minutes
Response time:
2 minutes)

Section
Question Type and
Knowledge/Skills Assessed
Number of Questions and
% Weight of Final Score
Time

Section II

Multiple Choice
4 tasks
50%
45 minutes

Part A:
Writing

Text Chat
Knowledge/skills:
• Interpersonal communication
• Informing; describing; explaining;
expressing preference; elaborating;
justifying opinion; requesting;
inviting; suggesting
6 questions
12.5%
10 minutes
(Response time:
90 seconds
per question)
Compare and Contrast Article
Knowledge/skills:
• Presentational communication
• Comparing; contrasting; describing;
justifying opinion
1 question
12.5%
20 minutes