AP Chinese 101

1) Why take the AP Exam?

  Earn College Credit and Advanced Placement
    - Receive recognition from more than 3,600 colleges and universities that annually receive AP Exam scores.
      Over 90% of 4-year colleges in the U.S. provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.
    - Have time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study abroad.
    - Design a college experience that suits you and gives you the flexibility to get the most out of your college years.

Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
    - Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
    - Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.
    - Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

Gain Skills that Will Help You Succeed in College
    - Get a head start on college-level work.
    - Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
    - Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
    - Be part of a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious, and committed to academic excellence.
    - Engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.
    - Take courses that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout
      the country.


2) About the AP Chinese Exam

AP Chinese Exam Format
    - AP Chinese Exam is delivered on a CD and administered on a computer
        1. Read on the screen
        2. Listen through a headset
        3. Type using a keyboard
        4. Speak into a microphone
    - Display Options for Reading Chinese Text: a button to toggle between displaying the simplified characters and
      traditional characters
    - Two Input Options for Typing Chinese Text:
        1. Microsoft Pinyin IME: simplified characters or traditional characters
        2. Microsoft New Phonetic IME: traditional characters only
    - Output Options for Typing Chinese Text:
        1. Locate the IME toolbar
        2. Use the button labeled简(繁)to select simplified or traditional characters
        3. Type in the white box

Two Major Sections
    Section I (multiple-choice questions)
        1) Listening
        2) Reading
    Section II (free-response questions)
        1) Writing
        2) Speaking

AP Chinese Exam Score
    - The multiple-choice section is scored by computer. Each answer sheet is scanned and the total multiple-choice score is
      computed by adding the number of correct responses and subtracting a fraction for each incorrect response as an
      adjustment for haphazard guessing.
    - The free-response section is scored at the annual AP Reading held during the first two weeks in June. Specially appointed       college professors and experienced AP teachers evaluate free-response answers.
    - The total scores from the free-response section and the multiple-choice section are combined to form a composite score.

AP Chinese Exam scores are on a 5-point scale:
    5: Extremely well qualified
    4: Well qualified
    3: Qualified
    2: Possibly qualified
    1: No recommendation

3) Register for the AP Chinese Exam

By School
    - Contact AP Coordinator at your school to register for the AP Chinese. The Coordinator will order the necessary materials,
      collect fees, and let you know when and where to appear for the exams.

By Yourself
    - Call AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names and telephone numbers of local AP Coordinators. 
    - Let the Coordinator know that you plan to take the AP Chinese prior to calling so that the appropriate Coordinator can
      be identified 
    - Contact the AP Coordinators identified by AP Services no later than March 15. Let Coordinators Know 
    - You are trying to locate a school willing to administer exams to homeschooled students or students from schools that
      do not offer AP. 
    - You will use a different school code so your exam grade(s) will be reported separately from the school at which you test.
      (Homeschooled students will use the state homeschool code provided by the Coordinator on exam; students attending
      schools will use their school code.) 
    - AP Chinese Exam you plan to take.

4) On Exam Day

    - Bring sharpened No.2 pencils (with eraser) for all multiple-choice answer sheets.
    - Bring black or dark-blue ballpoint pens for free-response questions.
    - Bring your school code (for homeschooled student, you will be given a code on exam day)
    - Bring your social security number
    - Bring a photo I.D. if you do not attend a school where you are taking the exam
    - Follow directions by the proctor

5) AP Chinese Statistics


References and Credits Taken from: The CollegeBoard
About AP Chinese Language and Culture