The Best German Language & Culture Books

Exam Info And Course Content

The AP German exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is multiple choice, has 65 questions, lasts 95 minutes, and counts for 50% of your overall exam score. The first 30 questions are purely text based, while the last 35 are audio only, and audio and text based.

The second section is free response. It consists of 8 questions and lasts 80 minutes. You will have to write 1 email reply, 1 persuasive essay, do a verbal cultural comparison, and simulate a conversation.

College Board provides free example test questions, so click here if you want to check them out.

Next Exam Date

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Last Time The Exam Changed

The AP German exam was last changed in 2011.

Best AP German Language & Culture Textbooks in 2018

Best Textbook: German Grammar Drills, 2nd Edition

German Grammar Drills For AP GermanThere are no review or prep books published specifically for the AP exam, so your best option for reviewing is looking through the old questions on the College Board website and making sure you are used to the format of the exam. (Scroll down until you see the Sample Exam Questions)

You can also buy the German Grammar Drills book to reinforce your ability to read, write, and speak in German..

Since there are no official AP books, you’ll have to practice using this book (which is great for improving your Grammar), and then looking through the practice AP questions from past years to see whether you improved or not.

You can also listen to German radio or watch German movies to improve your listening comprehension.

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Self-Study Tips

AP German is harder to self study for than other language AP exams as there are no books created specifically to help you with the exam.

If you are already fluent in German, or you’re learning it with a class then you can use these example questions to get used to the format of the test.

However, if you don’t already know German, then you will need at least 2-4 years to get to a point where you can get a 5 on the AP exam.

We recommend buying Level 1, 2, and 3 of German here, as the price is the same as around 10 hours with a tutor, but there is over 380 hours of lesson time, and by the end of this course you should be able to converse in German almost fluently. (Best way to learn German!)

You can also use Duolingo combined with 30 minutes of German music or movies per day, and reading a couple of books in German with a dictionary in hand.