AP French Language and Culture: 2021 Exam Results

The following data includes all 18,312 students worldwide who took the AP French 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 16% 13%
4 25% 23%
3 36% 35%
2 18% 22%
1 5% 7%

Of these 18,312 students, 1 achieved a perfect score of all 130 of 130 points possible on this year’s exam.

The May 10 Exam Questions

The largest exam date for AP French Language was May 10, 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: Regardless of whether the questions were reading or listening, performance was similar. Students performed best on questions about science and technology, and least well on questions about the influence of language and culture.

Free-response section: AP French students generally scored exceptionally well on the email task (free-response question #1); more than 15% of the students earned all 5 points possible on it. The most challenging task for many students was the presentation on l’importance du patrimoine matériel, but student performance was often quite solid on this task as well.