The Best AP Italian Language & Culture Books

Exam Info And Course Content

The AP Italian exam consists of 2 sections. The first multiple choice section usually has between 66 and 74 questions, lasts about 80 minutes, and makes up 50% of your exam score.

The second section is free response. It consists of 8 questions and lasts 85 minutes. You have to respond to an email, write a persuasive essay, verbally compare your culture to the Italian culture, 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

Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Last Time The Exam Changed

The AP Italian exam was changed in 2011.

The Best AP Italian Language & Culture Book in 2018

Barron’s AP Italian Language and Culture

Barron AP Italian Book with Audio CDsAfter the exam changed, no new AP Italian books have been published, so your only option is the old Barron AP Italian book.

You should read every part of the book, take the two practice tests, and use the free audio CD that comes with the book for listening questions practice.

The book also comes with self-evaluation charts for the essay and speaking sections, so you know how your exam will be graded.

The mini-diagnostic test can be quite useful for those who don’t know where they’re at, but most people end up skipping it as they find it too easy and short.

When you’re done with Barron’s you should take a look at the old AP Italian questions and makes sure that you can do most of them.

Also, watch at least 1 Italian movie a week, and listen to at least 5 minutes of Italian radio, music, or speech every day.

You need to keep your listening and speaking skills sharp for the exam, so you can also read books aloud like Harry Potter in Italian.

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Self-Study Tips

Self-studying for the AP Italian exam is a bit more difficult than other exams even if you’re already fluent, as there are no new books specifically created to prepare you for the test.

However, looking through the old Barron’s book, and the questions provided on the College Board site should be enough to prepare you for the exam.

However, if you don’t know Italian yet, and you want to learn it and take the AP exam, you will need to spend at least 2 years studying the language.

We recommend buying this Italian-learning program as it will make you comfortable with conversational Italian very quickly.

If you don’t want to spend any money, you can use Duolingo to start learning it. Use Duolingo for at least 30 minutes per day, and watch Italian movies, listen to Italian music or radio, and talk to Italians at least for 15 minutes per day.

We recommend buying this course from Amazon to supplement Duolingo, as Duolingo doesn’t focus enough on grammar and it doesn’t have any games to make learning Italian more fun.