AP Chinese Language and Culture: 2021 Exam Results

The following data reflect all 13,328 students worldwide who took the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam this year on any exam date prior to June 12.

Total group score distributions, 2021 vs 2019

The following table enables comparisons of student performance in 2021 to student performance prior to the covid-19 pandemic:

AP Score 2019 2021
5 60% 57%
4 15% 15%
3 15% 16%
2 4% 5%
1 6% 7%

Of these 13,328 students, 51 achieved a perfect score of all 120 of 120 points possible on this year’s exam.

The May 14 Exam Questions

The largest exam date for AP Chinese Language was May 14, so the following information is specific to the exam version administered on that date, and does not include heritage speakers’ exam data:

Multiple-choice section: Students generally performed well on the multiple-choice questions, with slightly stronger performance on the reading tasks than the listening tasks. The most challenging aspect of the entire exam, more than any of the free-response questions, were the rejoinders, and the multiple-choice questions that required students to demonstrate the skill of making connections, as opposed to those focused on comprehending the text, interpreting the text, or making meaning.

Free-response section:Students generally scored well throughout the entire free-response section, particularly on the two writing questions (the story narration and the email response).