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The Observatory

A volunteer committee whose aim is to promote the Italian language, culture and increase the number of students taking AP Italian course and exam.

The National Observatory

The Observatory of the Italian language is an organization with the goal of defining the course of Italian studies, planning individual strategic actions, and coordinating all of the activities aimed at the development and the diffusion of the language and the Italian culture in the United States.

The Observatory also has the responsibility to specify the objectives, to establish the times of achievement, to publicize the initiatives of interest, and evaluate the results achieved.

Its Members are representatives from the Italian Embassy, the Italian Consular Network in the United States, the Managing Authorities of Italian and culture courses, the principal associations of the teaching of Italian in the United States, members from the major Italian-American organizations as well as from Italian and American universities.

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan is intended to support and develop the AP Program in Italian so that it will meet the objectives envisioned by the Agreement with the College Board.


The Observatory is structured in three action groups represented by teachers, students and communication group.

  • Teacher Group
    This group has the task of the identifying the initiatives and the incentives for teachers of the Italian language in the United States; and of identifying the research, innovation and formation in the sector of teaching methodologies.
  • Student Group
    These members objective is to identify the best ways to inform family members, schools and students of the opportunities offered by studying the Italian language in the United States.
  • Communication Group
    The communication group responsibility is to collect and publicize online any kind of information pertaining to the diffusion of the Italian language in the United States, through a platform for dialogue between the interested parties, and the teachers in particular, to ensure reciprocal support, exchange of ideas and keep everyone up-to-date about initiatives and outcomes.

The Observatory of Houston

The consul general of Houston is committed to increase the reach of Italian in the community with the help of a volunteer group, The Osservatorio. This is a committee which gathers in Houston to promote the AP Italian in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

The mission is to increase the number of students taking the Italian advance placement exam with activities that raise awareness within the Italian community of people and companies, the high schools and universities, students of any age, as well as raising funds to create scholarship for students that wish to learn Italian, but need financial help.

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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