AP Test Format
Exam: Tues. May 10, 2016-afternoon

The 6 AP themes: (les 6 thèmes AP)
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Thème 1 Les défis mondiaux
  • La tolérance
  • L’économie
  • L’environnement
  • La santé
  • Les droits de l’être humain
  • L’alimentation
  • La paix et la guerre
Thème 2 La science et la technologie
  • Les découvertes et les inventions
  • La recherche et ses nouvelles frontières
  • Les nouveaux moyens de communication
  • L’avenir de la technologie
  • La propriété intellectuelle
  • La technologie et ses effets sur la société
  • Les choix moraux
Thème 3: La vie contemporaine
  • La publicité et le marketing
  • L’éducation et l’enseignement
  • Les fêtes
  • Le logement
  • Les loisirs et le sport
  • Le monde du travail
  • Les rites de passage
  • Les voyages
Thème 4: La quête de soi
  • L’aliénation et l’assimilation
  • Les croyances et les systèmes de valeurs
  • La langue et l’identité
  • Le nationalisme et le patriotisme
  • La sexualité
  • Le pluriculturalisme
Thème 5: La famille et la communauté
  • Les rapports sociaux
  • L’enfance et l’adolescence
  • Les coutumes et les fêtes
  • La famille
  • L’amitié et l’amour
  • La citoyenneté
Thème 6: L’esthétique
  • Le patrimoine
  • L’architecture
  • Le beau
  • Les arts littéraires
  • Les arts visuels
  • La musique
  • Les arts du spectacle

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Resources for your own self-learning and practice for AP/IB

  1. Here is a wiki made by teachers all over the world to help with AP French practice
  2. A great website with links for listening activities and texts
  3. Check out the format of the test and a practice test
  4. Must use site with links for grammar and other practice Merci à Mme. Ousselin
  5. Check out the format of the test and a practice test
  6. *New* This is a super practice site for the AP French Exam (cost is $24)

Number of Questions
Percent of Final Score
Section I: Multiple Choice
Approx. 95 minutes
Part A
Interpretive Communication:
4 Print Texts
30 questions
Approx. 40 minutes
Part B

Part C
Interpretive Communication:
2 Print and Audio Texts (combined)
35 questions
Approx. 55 minutes
Interpretive Communication:
3 Audio Texts
Section II: Free Response
Approx. 85 minutes
Interpersonal Writing: E-mail Reply
1 prompt
15 minutes
Presentational Writing: Persuasive Essay
1 prompt
Approx. 55 minutes
Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation
5 prompts
20 seconds for each response
Presentational Speaking: Cultural comparison
1 prompt
2 minutes to respond

Tips for the persuasive essay:

The persuasive essay has to have an introduction, treat the opposing views of the two sources of information, and give the student's personal opinion, then conclude.One should use "on" in the AP essay where a student will read + listen + view a neutral graph. (these + antithese + sythese) 5 paragraphs are a goal. What is sure is that students must present different viewpoints (including reference to viewpoints in the sources provided) and then defend their own opinion. How they organize their essay may well be in 5 paragraphs but not necessarily. Students must cite all three sources in their essay.

The persuasive essay- TIPS
1) All three sources are clearly referenced using verbal strategies such as "d'après la seconde source...". Allusions and just stating the name of the person who talked is not sufficient.
2) Our students will need a) to demonstrate understanding of what was written and said, b) to say why it is important in order to support their argument and c) to provide justification, or an extension as to how their supporting details promote or imped the topic of the argument. In other words, "what is the difference that the example will make" in the argument.
3) Rich language, a variety of sentence structures and complex sentences: relative pronouns EX: ceux, auquel, ce dont and gerunds.
4) Students should write on the same level of complexity as the sources. -James O'Donnell.

The email response-TIPS (E-mail : Courriel : mél : mail : basic details)

Directions: You will write a reply to an email message. You have 15 minutes to read the message and write your reply. Your reply should include a greeting and a closing and should respond to the two questions and requests in the message. In your reply, you must also ask one questions for more details about something mentioned in the message. Also, you should use a formal form of address.

  1. The students will have 15 minutes to write the response to the email - This is not an essay!
  2. It must be FORMAL!! VOUS and formal register and tone. POLITE
  3. Students must answer two questions
  4. Students must also ask one question before ending the email.
  5. The mail is organized and clear.
  6. At the end they should use a formal closure