Advanced Placement German: Exam Details

The exam is of approximately 3 hours and contain two sectionss-multiple choice and free response. Each section of the exam comprised of 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice-65 questions; 1 hour and 35 minutes

The MCQ section ask you to identify and analyse the main ideas, significant details, purpose of a variety of texts and to make inferences and predictions based on them. Showing the understanding of cultural or interdisciplinary information contained in the text are the requirements of some questions.

Part A: 30 questions; 40 minutes

  • Questions on different authentic print materials like journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, letters, maps, and tables.

Part B: 35 questions; 55 minutes; 2 sections

  • Questions on different authentic audio materials, like interviews, podcasts, public service announcements, conversations, and brief presentations.
  • Audio texts that are paired with print materials are included in section 1.
  • Audio texts are solely included in section 2.
  • Students will have sufficient time to read the preview and skim the questions before listening to the audio. The audio will be play two times.

Total scores of the MCQ section will be based on the number of correct answers. Points are neither deducted for incorrect answers nor points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response-4 tasks; 1 hour and 25 minutes

Part A-Writing:

  • Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes)
  • Write an essay having convincing power, based on three sources namely an article, a table or graphic and a related audio, that present various viewpoints and dimensions of the topic (15 minutes to review materials and 40 minutes to write)
  • You can use the print sources and any notes you may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.

Part B-Speaking:

  • Participate in 5 exchanges as part of a simulated conversation (20 seconds per response) a preview of the conversation will be provided, with an outline of each exchange.
  • Present a 2 minute presentation in response to a prompt on a cultural topic comparing cultural features of your own community with that of the German-speaking world.