The exam is approximately 3 hours long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. Each section of the exam is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice — 70 questions; 1 hour and 20 minutes

The multiple choice questions ask you to identify the main ideas, significant details, purpose, and intended audience of a variety of audio and written texts and to make inferences and predictions based on them.

  • Part A: 30–34 questions; 25 minutes
    • Questions relating to a variety of audio sources, including authentic materials, such as: conversations, announcements, instructions, advertisements, and news reports. All audio sources in this section are played once.
  • Part B: 36–40 questions; 55 minutes; 2 sections
    • Questions relating to a variety of authentic print materials including journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, tables, and charts.

Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response — 4 tasks; 1 hour and 25 minutes

  • Part A — Writing:
    • Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes)
    • Write a persuasive essay based on three sources, including an article, a table or graphic, and a related audio source (played twice), that present different viewpoints on a topic (15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write)

You will have access to the print sources and any notes you may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.

  • Part B Speaking:
    • Participate in 5 exchanges in a simulated conversation (20 seconds each). For this conversation, you will be provided with a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange.
    • Deliver a 2 minute presentation in response to a prompt on a cultural topic comparing cultural features of your own community to those of an area of the Italian-speaking world.

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