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What is AP® Italian?

A description of the Italian advance placement course

Every year the College Board (a-non-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education) offers numerous AP (Advanced Placement) exams in many different subject areas, one of which is Italian.

The Italian Advanced Placement (AP®) exam gives you a mastery in college-level material. Students can earn college course credit by receiving high scores on Italian AP exam, although the score needed to get the credit can change from one school to another; often a 4 or 5 is needed, some schools will accept 3s, and a few will accept only 5s. 

The AP test in Italian can be taken in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana (TOAL) during the opening sessions, in May.

Anyone can sit any AP exam, no matter what age you are or if you are enrolled in school or not.

If you are attending high school, check if your school offers Italian AP classes to prepare yourself at the exam. However, AP courses are not compulsory and you are NOT required to take an AP course to sit the AP Italian exam.

About the exam

The AP Italian Language and Culture Exam is approximately 3 hours long and has two parts: a multiple choice questions section and a free response questions one.

The multiple choice section contains 70 questions, lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes and consists of 2 parts (Part A and Part B). Part A contains 30-34 questions and lasts 25 minutes. Part B contains 36-40 questions and lasts 55 minutes.

The free response section contains 4 tasks, lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and consists of 2 parts (Part A: Writing and Part B: Speaking). Part A lasts 70 minutes and Part B lasts about 20 minutes. 

For more information on how the Test is structured, jump in here!

Visit now HOW to learn about taking the AP Italian test.


AP Calendar

Spring before starting an AP Italian course
Use this website to learn more about the AP Italian Program, and discuss your plans with your parents, teachers and AP Coordinator.
Check if your teacher has posted summer work to be up to speed for when the classes begin, such as a reading list or a selection of Italian movies to watch.

Talk to your AP Italian teacher or AP Coordinator about taking the AP Italian Exams.
If you need testing accommodation Contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator at your school.
Students with disabilities must submit requests for testing accommodations.
Homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP must contact AP Services to obtain a list of local AP Coordinators and schools where they could arrange to test and must contact AP Coordinators identified by AP Services within the required deadline.
Exam Dates

Dates for the new calendar year will be posted once made available by the College Board.

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