2024 AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Guide

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Your Guide to the 2024 AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

We know that studying for your AP exams can be stressful, but Fiveable has your back! We created a study plan to help you crush your AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. This guide will continue to update with information about the 2024 exams, as well as helpful resources to help you do your best on test day. Unlock Cram Mode for access to our cram events—students who have successfully passed their AP exams will answer your questions and guide your last-minute studying LIVE! And don't miss out on unlimited access to our database of thousands of practice questions. FYI, something cool is coming your way Fall 2023! 👀

Format of the 2024 AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

This year, all AP exams will cover all units and essay types. The 2024 AP Spanish Lang exam format will be:
  • Reading Multiple Choice - 23% of your score
    • 30 questions in 40 minutes
  • Reading/Listening Multiple Choice - 27% of your score
    • 35 questions in 55 minutes
  • Email Reply - 12.5% of your score
    • 15 minutes 
  • Argumentative Essay - 12.5% of your score
    • 55 minutes
  • Conversation - 12.5% of your score
    • ~ 2 minutes
  • Cultural Comparison - 12.5% of your score
    • ~ 6 minutes

Scoring Rubric for the 2024 AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam

You can find the AP Spanish Language scoring rubrics here, courtesy of the College Board.
Check out our study plan below to find resources and tools to prepare for your AP Spanish Language and Culture exam!

When is the 2024 AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam and How Do I Take It?

The exam is on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 8:00 AM your local time. Exams will be in person on paper.

How Should I Prepare for the Exam?

  • First, download the AP Spanish Language Cheatsheet PDF - a single sheet that covers everything you need to know at a high level. Take note of your strengths and weaknesses! 
  • Review every unit and question type, and focus on the areas that need the most improvement and practice. We’ve put together this plan to help you study between now and May. This will cover all of the units and essay types to prepare you for your exam
    • Try to immerse yourself in Spanish: watching movies or videos, chatting with friends, and reading news in Spanish will help you be more fluent by the time the exam comes! 
  • We've put together the study plan found below to help you study between now and May. This will cover all of the units and essay types to prepare you for your exam. Pay special attention to the units that you need the most improvement in.
  • Study, practice, and review for test day with other students during our live cram sessions via Cram Mode. Cram live streams will teach, review, and practice important topics from AP courses, college admission tests, and college admission topics. These streams are hosted by experienced students who know what you need to succeed.

Pre-Work: Set Up Your Study Environment

Before you begin studying, take some time to get organized.
🖥 Create a study space.
Make sure you have a designated place at home to study. Somewhere you can keep all of your materials, where you can focus on learning, and where you are comfortable. Spend some time prepping the space with everything you need and you can even let others in the family know that this is your study space. 
📚 Organize your study materials.
Get your notebook, textbook, prep books, or whatever other physical materials you have. Also, create a space for you to keep track of review. Start a new section in your notebook to take notes or start a Google Doc to keep track of your notes. Get yourself set up!
📅 Plan designated times for studying.
The hardest part about studying from home is sticking to a routine. Decide on one hour every day that you can dedicate to studying. This can be any time of the day, whatever works best for you. Set a timer on your phone for that time and really try to stick to it. The routine will help you stay on track.
🏆 Decide on an accountability plan.
How will you hold yourself accountable to this study plan? You may or may not have a teacher or rules set up to help you stay on track, so you need to set some for yourself. First, set your goal. This could be studying for x number of hours or getting through a unit. Then, create a reward for yourself. If you reach your goal, then x. This will help stay focused!
🤝 Get support from your peers. 
There are thousands of students all over the world who are preparing for their AP exams just like you! Join Rooms 🤝 to chat, ask questions, and meet other students who are also studying for the spring exams. You can even build study groups and review material together! 

AP Spanish Language and Culture 2024 Study Plan

👨‍👨‍👧 Unit 1: Families in Different Societies

Unit 1 dives into the various themes related to families in the Spanish-speaking world. Some major questions we will consider are:
  • What constitutes a family in Spanish-speaking societies? / ¿Qué compone una familia en una sociedad hispanohablante?
  • What are some important aspects of family values and family life in Spanish-speaking societies? / ¿Cuáles son algunos aspectos importantes de los valores y la vida familiar en las sociedades hispanohablantes?
  • What challenges do families face in today's world? / ¿Qué retos enfrentan las familias de hoy?

Some Resources:

📚 Read these study guides:
If you have more time or want to dig deeper:
💻 Learn about the best prep books so you can start studying early:

🗣 Unit 2: The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity

This unit plunges deeper into a few aspects of personal and public identity by analyzing the influences that language and culture have on forming one's identity. Our guiding questions for this unit are:
  • How does one’s identity evolve over time? / ¿Cómo se desarrolla nuestra identidad a lo largo del tiempo?
  • How does language shape our cultural identity? / ¿Cómo moldea la lengua nuestra identidad cultural?
  • How does technology influence the development of personal and public identity? / ¿Cómo influye la tecnología en el desarrollo de la identidad pública y personal?
  • How does the art of a community reflect its public identify? / ¿Cómo refleja el arte de una comunidad su identidad pública?

Some Resources:

📚 Read these study guides:
If you have more time or want to dig deeper:
💻 It is never too early to want to prepare for the exam:

🎨 Unit 3: Influences of Beauty and Art

This unit guide will explore how beauty and art influence quality of life and values in Spanish-speaking communities.
  • How do ideals of beauty and aesthetics influence daily life? / ¿Cómo influyen los ideales/ modelos de belleza y estética en la vida diaria?
  • How does art both challenge and reflect cultural perspectives? / ¿Cómo el arte desafía y a la vez refleja las perspectivas culturales?
  • How do communities value beauty and art? / ¿Cómo valoran las comunidades la belleza y el arte?
  • How is art used to record history? / ¿Cómo se usa el arte para documentar la historia?

Some Resources:

📚 Read these study guides:
If you have more time or want to dig deeper:
💻 Check out these AP Spanish Language Self-Study/Homeschool tips:

🔬 Unit 4: How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives

This unit will explore how science and technology affect the lives of those living in Spanish-speaking communities.
  • What factors drive innovation and discovery in the fields of science and technology? /¿Qué factores impulsan la innovación y los descubrimientos en los campos de la ciencia y la tecnología?
  • What role do ethics play in scientific advancement? / ¿Qué papel juega la ética en los avances científicos?
  • What are the social consequences of scientific or technological advancements? / ¿Cuáles son las consecuencias sociales de los avances científicos y tecnológicos?
📚 Read these study guides:

🏘️ Unit 5: Factors That Impact the Quality of Life

This unit will dive into some specific factors that impact our quality of life.
  • How do aspects of everyday life influence and relate to the quality of life? / ¿Cómo influyen y se relacionan los aspectos de la vida diaria con la calidad de vida?
  • How does where one live impact the quality of life? / ¿Cómo impacta la calidad de vida el lugar donde se vive?
  • What influences one’s interpretation and perceptions of the quality of life? / ¿Qué influye en nuestra interpretación y en nuestras percepciones de la calidad de vida?
📚 Read these study guides:

⛈️ Unit 6: Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

This last unit explores how global challenges and complex issues impact people's lives in the Spanish-speaking world. Some guiding questions are:
  • How do environmental, political, and societal challenges positively and negatively impact communities? / ¿Cómo los desafíos medioambientales, políticos y sociales impactan, positiva—o negativamente— nuestras comunidades?
  • What role do individuals play in addressing complex societal issues? / ¿Qué papel juegan los individuos a la hora de abordar asuntos sociales complicados?
  • How do challenging issues affect a society’s culture? / ¿Cómo los asuntos desafiantes afectan la cultura de una sociedad?
📚 Read these study guides:
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👨‍👩‍👧Unit 1 – Families in Spanish-Speaking Countries
🗣Unit 2 – Language & Culture in Spanish-Speaking Countries
🎨Unit 3 – Beauty & Art in Spanish-Speaking Countries
🔬Unit 4 – Science & Technology in Spanish-Speaking Countries
🏠Unit 5 – Quality of Life in Spanish-Speaking Countries
💸Unit 6 – Challenges in Spanish-Speaking Countries
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