Best AP French Language & Culture Books

Exam Info And Course Content

The AP French exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is multiple choice with 65 questions in total, lasts 95 minutes, and is 50% of your total exam score. The first 30 questions are based off or printed texts, and the last 35 are based off of print and audio texts, and just audio texts.

The second section is free response. It consists of 8 questions, lasts 80 minutes, and counts for 50% of your total exam score.You have to respond to an email, write a persuasive essay, and record yourself speaking a simulated conversation and comparing your culture to the French culture.

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

The Next Exam Date

Tuesday, May 18th, 2018

Last Time The Exam Changed

The exam was last changed in 2011-2012, so any books published later than that are good for studying.

The Best AP French Language & Culture Books in 2018

Barron’s AP French Language and Culture, 2nd Edition

AP French 2017 2018 Barrons Review BookIf you already know French, or you are in the AP French class then all you need is the Barron’s AP French textbook that comes with a free audio CD.

You can skim through the book as the tips for taking the AP French test exam aren’t nearly as useful as for the other exams, and go straight to the practice test sections.

If you buy this book you don’t only get the multiple choice practice, but you will also get 3 audio CDs, one of which has example conversations and oral presentations, and the other two have the multiple choice listening questions and the persuasive essays on them.

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Self-Study Tips

If you are already fluent in French, or you’ve taking multiple French classes in high school then preparing for the AP French exam should not be hard.

All you need to do is buy the Barron book to get used to the format of the exam, and practice writing the persuasive essays for the test.

However, if you don’t already know French, but you love the language and want to take the AP French exam, it is doable to learn it in a year if you are very dedicated. (Usually you will need at least 2-3 years)

If you have the money, we recommend buying this course which will give you a good base of conversational French and you will also learn about French culture.

However, if you don’t have $100 to shell out for a French course, then you can take the harder route and study it all on your own with the help of a couple books and free online tools.

You should start out by using Duolingo for at least 30 minutes every day. In addition to Duolingo, you should watch at least 1 movie in French per week, and listen to French music for at least 30 minutes per week.

We recommend supplementing Duolingo with the Easy French Step-By-Step book and also checking out the verb2verbe website to learn the conjugation of French verbs.

After a couple months of learning French, we recommend buying Le Petit Prince and working your way through the book trying to figure out the meaning of every word and sentence.

After finishing the Little Prince you can start reading L’etranger, which is an AP level French book.

If you are able to read L’etranger, you should start going through the Barron book and preparing for the AP exam, as you should be mostly ready.