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AP Spanish Language

A redesigned version of AP Spanish Language will launch in fall 2012. Learn more about the redesigned Spanish Language course and exam.

AP Spanish Language aims to help students develop integrated language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines. According to surveys of comparable curricula at four-year colleges and universities, it is comparable to fourth semester (or the equivalent) college/university courses in Spanish.

At the conclusion of the Spanish Language course, students should be able to:
  • Identify and summarize the main points and significant details and make appropriate inferences and predictions from a spoken source, such as a broadcast news report or a lecture on an academic or cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Identify and summarize the main points and significant details and predict outcomes from an everyday conversation on a familiar topic, a dialogue from a film or other broadcast media, or an interview on a social or cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Identify and summarize main points and important details and make appropriate inferences and predictions from a written text such as a newspaper or magazine article or contemporary literary excerpt.
  • Write a cohesive and coherent analytical or persuasive essay in reaction to a text or on a personal, academic, cultural or social issue, with control of grammar and syntax.
  • Describe, narrate and present information or persuasive arguments on general topics with grammatical control and good pronunciation.
  • Use information from sources provided to present a synthesis and express an opinion.
  • Recognize cultural elements implicit in oral and written texts.
  • Interpret linguistic cues to infer social relationships.
  • Communicate via interpersonal and presentational written correspondence.
  • Initiate, maintain and close a conversation on a familiar topic.
  • Formulate questions to seek clarification or additional information.
  • Use language that is semantically and grammatically accurate according to a given context.

Read the full course description and exam information with sample questions.

AP Spanish Language Development Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Robert L. Davis, University of Oregon, OR
Laura Zinke, McClintock High School, AZ

Committee Members

Kyra Kietrys, Davidson College, NC
Ann Mar, Alamo Heights High School, TX
Fernando Rubio, University of Utah, UT
Maritza Sloan, Plano West Senior High School, TX

College Board Advisor

Ken Stewart, Chapel Hill High School, NC

Chief Reader

Jeffrey Reeder, Sonoma State University, CA