The Best AP Spanish Language & Culture Books

Exam Info And Course Content

The AP Spanish Language and Culture exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is multiple choice, has 65 questions, lasts about 95 minutes, and counts for 50% of your overall exam score. The first 30 questions are based on printed texts, and the last 35 are based on audio texts.

The second section is free response. It consists of 8 questions, lasts around 80 minutes, and counts for 50% of your total exam score. You have to write an email reply, write a persuasive essay, verbally compare cultures, and participate in a simulated conversation.

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

Next Exam Date:

Tuesday, May 8th 2018

Last Time The Exam Changed

The exam was changed during the 2013-2014 school year.

The Best AP Spanish Language & Culture Books for 2018

Best Review Book – Cracking The AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam, 2018 Edition

Best AP Spanish Language TextbookWe recommend purchasing the Princeton Review’s AP Spanish Language book to get to know the format of the exam and figure out where your weaknesses lie.

The book comes with a free audio CD to help you practice for the speaking and listening sections of the exam, and it also has the scoring guidelines that College Board uses when grading your free response questions.

The book even has translations for all practice test passages and questions, and it comes with 2 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations.

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Best Prep Book –Barron’s AP Spanish Language & Culture, 9th Edition (w/ MP3 CD)

Best AP Spanish Prep BookLet’s face it, it’s pretty difficult to learn a language simply by reading about it. That’s why we think the best AP Spanish Language & Culture prep book is actually made by Barron’s, since it includes an actual audio component.

The grammar instructions within the book are a little lackluster and aren’t as good as The Princeton Review’s book, but we really like the MP3 CD and think it’s well worth the money.

If you are serious about getting a 5 on your AP spanish exam, then be sure to pick up both of our book recommendations above.

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Self-Study Tips

If you already know Spanish, then all you need to do is look over Princeton Review’s book to get used to the format of the exam and the way the questions are asked and you should be able to get a 5.

However, if you don’t already know it, but you want to take the AP exam in a couple years, here’s what we suggest:

We recommend buying this Spanish learning course and fully completing it. By the end, you should be able to comfortably converse and understanding Spanish.

You can also buy this course which is much cheaper, but will still serve the same purpose: you will be able to understand spoken Spanish by the end of it, and you will be able to speak in Spanish.

After you finish one of the above courses, we recommend buying the Easy Spanish step-by-step book and looking through it to make sure that you know all of the grammatical concepts in the book, and you can conjugate the verbs in it.

You can also use Duolingo to help you learn it, and we recommend listening to Spanish songs, watching Spanish movies, or talking in Spanish for at least 15 minutes every day.