A Beginner’s Guide to AP Foreign Language Tests

By Elena

Some of the hardest AP tests are the foreign language tests, since there’s so many different sections to study for and so much to actually learn. You likely have somewhere between 4 or 5 years of this language under your belt, which should make the content a bit easier, but the foreign language tests are difficult to tackle. This year, I am taking AP French, so much of what I write in this post will be from what I learned from my AP French teacher, but it should be applicable to the other AP language courses as well.

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AP Language tests have way too many sections, which means you have to practice all of them. You can log onto College Board’s website and look at some of the past tests and practice them. When going through these practice tests, you want to make sure to go through the grading rubrics afterwards and make sure you get all of the points you want.

There’s multiple sections for speaking and writing, as well as multiple choices so you want to make sure you know what your absolute weakest points are, and how you can best achieve the results you want. This is going to be hard, but if you put in the practice, it will get easier.

Furthermore, you shouldn’t neglect certain sections. I know that there’s so many different sections you have to learn, but you have to remember that the multiple choice sections make up 50% of your final score. Do not neglect studying and practicing the multiple choice, but make sure you still know how to complete the other sections as well.


Since most people taking the AP foreign language tests have been taking that language for multiple years, the AP test is going to cover the information you have been learning in all of these years. This means if you are taking AP French like I am, you are going to have to remember the basic rules from French 1 that you learned, even if those rules aren’t rules you think about anymore, or they are rules you’ve just forgotten.

You want to make sure you review all of the grammar you need, which should be described on the College Board website (if you do not know how to find this, feel free to contact us through social media which is linked below or through the contact page). You want to make sure you have reviewed all of the vocab and all of the rules you need to know for the AP test.

Reviewing this information is 100% worth the time. Even if this means you do not get to learn one of the sections as well, knowing your grammar rules and knowing your vocabulary is going to end up being more beneficial to you, since it will help you across all of the sections.

Get Comfortable

Get as comfortable as you can in your target language. Try to listen to some music in that language, or even watch a T.V. show or video from this language. Read a book if you can. Talk in this language with other people that know this language. You need to get comfortable with this language so that you can have more to fall back on when you take the AP test.

Expose yourself to the language as much as possible. Even if this means just listening to this language for a couple of minutes in the car, this will end up being worth it. 

You want to practice talking as well with your friends in your class, or with people who know the language better than you. Make sure you feel as comfortable as you can with this language before you take the test and make sure you get as much exposure as you can. I promise this will help you drastically, and I promise this will end up paying up and increasing the score you receive.

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